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Non-Sport Trading Cards

Trade cards are the ancestors of trading cards. Some of the earliest prizes found in retail products were cigarette cards — trade cards advertising the product (not to be confused with trading cards) that were inserted into paper packs of cigarettes as stiffeners to protect the contents. Allen and Ginter in the U.S. in 1886, and British company W.D. & H.O. Wills in 1888, were the first tobacco companies to print advertisements. A couple years later, lithograph pictures on the cards with an encyclopedic variety of topics from nature to war to sports — subjects that appealed to men who smoked - began to surface as well. By 1900, there were thousands of tobacco card sets manufactured by 300 different companies. Children would stand outside of stores to ask customers who bought cigarettes for the promotional cards.

On this page we include antique, vintage, and modern non-sport trading cards. These may have been sold separately or included as premiums with gum, tobacco, or other goods.

1,100+ Star Wars CCG Cards Premier Collection by Decipher

1,100+ Star Wars CCG Cards Premier Collection by Decipher

These are the original Star Wars cards produced by the Decipher company in 1995, and are known as the "Premier Limited Edition" set. There are 11 1/8...
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170+ Topps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II 1990 Movie Cards

170+ Topps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II 1990 Movie Cards

These cards were produced by the Topps company in 1990 with the release of the Teenage Ninja Turtles II Movie. There are 3 1/4 inches of regular...
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1989 Batman Movie DC Comic Trading Cards Nicholson Basinger

1989 Batman Movie DC Comic Trading Cards Nicholson Basinger

These are the 1989 Batman the Movie trading cards produced by DC Comics. This is the movie that featured Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Michael Keaton...
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1990 Topps Upper Deck Looney Tune Ball Comic Baseball Cards

1990 Topps Upper Deck Looney Tune Ball Comic Baseball Cards

Here are 19 inches 1990 Topps Upper Deck Looney Tune Ball Comic Baseball Cards. Using an assumed 50 cards per inch, there are probably more than 950...
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20 1985 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Trading Cards 1st series

20 1985 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Trading Cards 1st series

Garbage Pail Kids sticker Trading Cards were produced by the Topps Company between June 1985 and 1988. They were meant to parody the Cabbage Patch...
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230 Topps Robin Hood Trading Cards 1991 Costner, Freeman, Slater

230 Topps Robin Hood Trading Cards 1991 Costner, Freeman, Slater

These cards were produced by the Topps company in 1991 with the release of the movie. The movie starred Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman...
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59 1985-86 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Trading Cards 2nd-5th

59 1985-86 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Trading Cards 2nd-5th

Garbage Pail Kids sticker Trading Cards were produced by the Topps Company between June 1985 and 1988. They were meant to parody the Cabbage Patch...
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