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Minor League Baseball Cards

Minor league baseball cards are the trading cards which any fan would want to have.This type of cards are pretty popular in the United States and they can be found in countries where baseball is a popular sport, such as Canada, Cuba or Japan. Normally a card is printed on a paper stock or card stock and they feature baseball players or figures in the world of baseball. The first trade cards were produced in the US in the late 1860s. As soon as this sport became more and more popular in some other countries, sets of trading cards started to be produced in Japan (since 1898), Cuba in 1909 and Canada in 1912.

In countries where there were professional leagues there were minor league cards or major league cards issued. It all started in the late 19th century when both photography and baseball were increasing in popularity. As a result, baseball players started to pose for individual or group pictures and for a while they played the role of sort of a business card. The cards have two parts or two sides. The image of the player is usually positioned on the front of the card together with his identifying information which may include the player’s name and the name of the team he is applying for. The reverse of the cards normally displays statistics or biographical information.

At least that is what they display nowadays. Initially this side was used for advertising a brand or company. In what concerns the size, there is no standard size or shape for a baseball card. However, most of the cards have a rectangular shape measuring 2½ inches by 3½ inches. Jefferson Burdick invented his own system to classify the cards, in order to identify and organize trade cards produced before 1951. He created The American Card Catalog but only for the American cards.

Initially, this type of trade cards was produced in the US for adults as they were produced and associated by Photographers selling services and Tobacco companies. At the beginning of the 20th century there were many cards issued as part of games. The production of the cards was suppressed during the World Wars to regain popularity again at the end of the century. In the 1990s companies sold cards for millions of dollars. In Canada the history of these cards goes quite similar as in the United States. First they were produced for trading, and then there were the cards issued with tobacco products and later candies or gum. As major league cards, minor league baseball cards were firstly issued in the United States and they were used like they were sort of business cards for the advertised companies on the reverse of the card.