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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.

TC1008 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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TC1004 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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TC1006 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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TC1007 6 Topps 1965 Man from Uncle Cards Illya Kuryakin David McCallum

6 Topps 1965 Man from Uncle Cards Illya Kuryakin David McCallum

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an American television spy series that was broadcast from September1964 to January 1968. It follows the exploits of two...
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TC1009 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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