Vintage Vault: Baseball

With vintage baseball, collectors can look at tidbits of history as far back as the Old Judge cards from 1887.  The simplistic designs have transcended over time and inspire a lot of card sets you see today.  Knowing where inspiration has come from these ‘throwback’ designs allows you to appreciate the card sets that did them first.

Over the next few months Sports Card Magazine will revisit some of the classic sets that are so important to this hobby.  Let us know what is your favorite set in the comments below!


1887 N172 Old Judge
1888 N28 Allen & Ginters
1888 N29 Allen & Ginters
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions
1895 Mayo’s Cut Plug (N300)
1906 Fan Craze-American League
1906 Fan Craze- National League
1909 Nadja Caramel (E92)
1909 Philadelphia Caramel (E95)
1909 Ramly Cigarettes (T204)
1909-11 American Caramel (E90-1)
1909-1911 Colgan’s Chips Stars of the Diamonds (E254)
1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Tobacco (Ty Cobb Back)
1909-11 T206 White Border
1910 (E98)
1910 American Caramel Pirates (E90-2)
1910 Mello-Mint (E105)
1910 Philadelphia Caramel (E96)
1910 Standard Caramel (E93)
1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins (P2)
1910 Tip Top Bread Pittsburgh Pirates (D322)
1911 George Close Candy Co. (E94)
1911 M116 Sporting Life
1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders
1911 T205 Gold Border
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets
1912 Plow’s Candy (E300)
1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders
1912 T207 Brown Background
1912 T227 Series of Champions
1913 Fatima Team Cards (T200)
1913 National Game
1914 Baltimore News
1914 Cracker Jack
1914 Polo Grounds Game (WG4)
1915 American Caramel (E106)
1915 Cracker Jack
1916 (M101-5) Sporting News
1916 (M101-4) Sporting News
1921 American Caramel Series of 80 (E121)
1922 American Caramel Series of 120 (E121)
1922 American Caramel Series of 80 (E122)
1922 American Caramel Series of 240 (E120)
1923 Willard’s Chocolate (V100)
1926 Spalding Champions

1926 W-512
1932 U.S. Caramel
1932-34 Orbit Pins Numbered PR2
1932-34 Orbit Pins Unnumbered PR3
1933 DeLong
1933 George C. Miller (R300)
1933 Goudey
1933 Goudey Sport Kings
1933 Tattoo Orbit
1933 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey, V353)
1934-36 Batter-Up
1934 Goudey
1934-36 Diamond Stars
1934 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey, V354)
1935 Goudey
1936 Goudey (R322)
1936 S and S Game
1936 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey, V355)
1937 O-Pee-Chee
1938 Goudey
1939 Exhibits
1939 Play Ball
1940 Play Ball
1941 Double Play
1941 Goudey (R324)
1941 Play Ball
1947-1966 Exhibits
1947 Tip Top Bread
1948 Bowman
1948 Leaf


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