As we discussed in our first article about the history of baseball cards, there is some debate about what cards are actually the first true baseball card set.
Some believe that early “cabinet” cards from the 19th century deserve the honor, but as we noted, these cards don’t meet the true definition of a “baseball card”.
In most collecting circles the tobacco cards of 1886 included in packs of Old Judge cigarettes are indeed the first true baseball cards.
The set (cataloged as set N167 by J.R. Burdick in the historic American Card Catalog) is small in stature, as only twelve cards were created and feature cards from only the New York Giants.
Of the twelve cards, six are hall of famers, thus for a set with such diminutive size, it really packs a punch.
Finding the N167 cards is kind of like finding a needle in a haystick, thus the cards hold tremendous value. Let’s take a closer look at the set!Continue reading