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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.

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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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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Four Topps 1964 JFK Collector Cards President John F Kennedy

Four Topps 1964 JFK Collector Cards President John F Kennedy

This lot of 4 John F. Kennedy collector cards was issued by Topps in 1964. They look in very good condition, but please grade by the pictures.
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1940 Mutoscope Pin-up Girl Arcade Card Ankles Aweigh Gil Elvgren

1940 Mutoscope Pin-up Girl Arcade Card Ankles Aweigh Gil Elvgren

This Mutoscope pinup arcade card is titled Ankles Aweigh and was first printed in 1940 as part of a Glamour Girl series. It was drawn by Gil Elvgren,...
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1941 Mutoscope PinUp Card Glamour Girls Series And the Wind Blew

1941 Mutoscope PinUp Card Glamour Girls Series And the Wind Blew

This Mutoscope pinup arcade card is titled And The Wind Blew, and was part of the Glorified Glamour Girls series. It is in very good condition with...
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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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1941 Mutoscope Pin Up Card All Amer. Girls Soldier's Sweetheart

1941 Mutoscope Pin Up Card All Amer. Girls Soldier's Sweetheart

This Mutoscope pinup arcade card is titled Soldier's Sweetheart, and was part of the All American Girls. It is in very fine condition with just a...
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