Q&A: What Is The First Baseball Card?

Question: What is the first baseball card?

Answer: The answer to this question can vary depending on how a person defines “the first baseball card”.  In my opinion, this 19th century game card is what I view as the first card depicting what looks to be some form of baseball.

Based on bat and ball drawings from the 18th and 19th century, baseball historians have dated this card to around the 1830s.  During that time, children’s educational card games were popular in both England and the United States.  The picture shows three boys – one at bat, another pitching, and in the background a boy looks as if he’s standing on what would be first base.  Several other cards came in this set, but none of them deal with sports.

I wish this card was talked about more often, but it just isn’t.  If it dealt with a specific player or team I believe it would be.  Rarely do they ever show-up for sale.  When they do, its usually with an auction house.  Not many examples are floating around.

Card of the Day: Bryan Bullington 2003 Bowman’s Best First Year Auto

Card of the Day: 2017 Topps Pro Debut Ben’s Biz Toilet Paper First Pitch #3

Phillies ’05 Topps Chrome Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

Are you kicking yourself because you missed out on the last Chris Roberson contest?  I know that you are.  This 40-year old guy is going places.  In 2005, I pulled a ton of his autographs.  This contest is for a Chris Roberson 2005 Topps Chrome First Year Refractor Auto #’ed/500.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
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  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Sam Fuld 2008 Upper Deck First Edition #264

Card of the Day: Brady Kahle 2016 Topps Update First Pitch #4

Card of the Day: Mo’ne Davis 2016 Topps Series 1 First Pitch #4

’04 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Lincoln Holdzkom 2004 Bowman Sterling First Year Card Auto.  Holdzkom played eight years in the minors for the Marlins, Cubs, Red Sox, and Pirates.  In December, 2015 he passed away from a car crash.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
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  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Craig Sager 2016 Topps Update Series First Pitch #9

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’05 Bowman Sterling Auto/Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Conroy 2005 Bowman Sterling First Year Auto/Jersey.  Conroy never made it to the big leagues, but had a long career in the minors.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!