Rare Victorian Trade Card showing pigs playing baseball

Victorian baseball trade card

Victorian baseball trade card

Shown is an 1880s American trade card for the anti-cholera Haas Remedy veterinary medicine, showing the plump and healthy Haas Remedy treated pigs beating the skeletal cholera-infected pigs in a baseball game. The ‘nine’ in the caption was a common old time nickname for baseball teams, with there being 9 players in the starting lineup per team.

Roughly 2/3 the size of postcards and on thin card stock or heavy paper, Victorian trade cards colorfully advertised products ranging from soap to shoes to roofing shingles. They were given out as advertising, but 1800s kids avidly collected them similar to the way modern kids collect trading cards. Victorian kids often pasted trade cards, die cuts, tobacco cards and cutout pictures into scrapbook albums, with many of the albums still found for sale today in antique store, estates sales and auctions.
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