The History Of Baseball Cards

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The History of Baseball Cards

Baseball cards have a very broad history. In the
beginning, god made man. Then, man produced........ the
baseball card. From 1887 to the present, billions of
baseball cards have been produced. Some cards are valued at
ten cents, while others, are valued at over one hundred
thousand dollars. Since 1887, Baseball cards have been a
major part of many people's lives.
The Beginning of the baseball card collecting era
would lead cards to a path of greatness and immortality. The
first baseball cards were made of a cloth like material.
Many of these cards were "home made" (SCD)*. No one but the
creator of these cards, (there all dead) knows for sure what
exactly was used to produce these early cards. This time
period started on 1887 and continued on until 1901. The 1887
baseball cards were part of a unique set. Not only did this
set contain baseball cards, but it also contained boxing.
golf, and horse racing cards.
These cards are very high in value because of their
rarity and because they are some of the early baseball
cards. The common card is worth around $800. All of these
cards are common, considering that there were no star
athletes back then. There were not many cards sizes during
this time period. The only size that I could find was one
and a half inches by two inches. There were many company's
that manufactured cards during this time period. They were:
Mayo Tobacco Works, Buchner, Kimball's, Old Judge, Allen &
Ginter, and Goodwin (SCD). These cards are rare, but are
not very difficult to obtain if you're willing to pay top
dollar.
What many collectors call "the golden years of
baseball", took place from 1902 until 1935. One reason that
collectors call this time period that is because cards took
many different changes during this era. Cards were starting
to be packaged with Chewing Tobacco, crackerjacks, and
Chewing gum.
The value of cards during this time period depends
on many different factors. A large percent of these cards
have misprints (flaws). Because of these misprints, a card
may have a higher value than the exact same card because of
a misprint. The reason there were so many misprints was
because the card industry was just starting to experiment
with the printing process (SCD). The most expensive baseball
card of all time was produced during this era. That card was
the Honus Wagner T-206 produced in 1909. The reason that
this card is so expensive is because only 4 of the

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