Trading cards of Wisconsin athletes, 1870-1890

More than a game

Organized sports have had a long history in Wisconsin. Long before the modern professional teams had been born, Wisconsin athletes made names for themselves in sports like baseball, boxing, and cycling. In the late nineteenth century, tobacco companies promoted their products with advertising cards that often featured these sports figures. Covering practically every sport, these cards were meant to be collected from the 1870s through 1890s. They were the predecessors of the commercial trading cards sold today to young fans.

Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
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Pub Data: Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television.
Citation: "More than a game." Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television; Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/25/2018