By Eric Umphrey
the Times 

Baseball card companies: a brief history


March 19, 2020

A sporting goods company called Peck and Snyder printed up the first baseball cards in the 1860’s and used them for advertising their products. A picture of a player was on one side and on the back was the advertisement for the company. The cards were given out like flyers for free. These were the first cards produced in bulk and the first to be used for advertising. Before this time the cards that were produced were called cabinet cards since they were often displayed in cabinets and used as keepsakes.

Moving into the 1880’s, tobacco companies started mass producing cards to boost sal...

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