While we already covered the history of baseball cards, we deemed it about time to delve into the world of basketball cards.
The history of basketball cards is quite interesting; notably the first official set wasn’t issued until 1948 by Bowman, even though the first professional league (the National Basketball League) was formed in 1898.
Thus, the path for basketball cards has gone down a bit of a different path versus baseball cards. Basketball didn’t really become a household sport until the late 1940’s even thought it was quite popular at American colleges.
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I’ve been collecting cards for over thirty years now. Until recently I wasn’t really interested in learning about the history of baseball cards.
When I started back in the 80’s, I was more focused on collecting cards of the guys that I watched. Rookie cards of Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, Eric Davis, Andre Dawson and Eddie Murray were more my speed.
Sure, I knew of the all time greats such as Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Robinson et al, but it didn’t interest me as much as my own heroes.
But as the years moved on, I slowly got this itching desire to learn more about the early days of baseball history and the associated trading cards.
Thus I embarked on a fact finding mission; to learn as much as humanly possible about where baseball cards got their start.
I consider this a living, breathing document, so if I have anything wrong–please let me know (I’ll fix it!) I would also love to hear any stories you might have regarding early baseball cards. Feel free to share your story in the comments section below!Read More...