Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

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Cardboard Collections

Baseball cards originated as advertisements for tobacco companies in the 1880s, and were included with the purchase of packs of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and cigars.

Soon after World War I, tobacco companies stopped baseball card production, and candy companies started. They packed baseball cards with bubble gum and caramel candy, which attracted kids.

By 1989 cards contained holograms to prevent counterfeiting, and the candy disappeared, while a multi-million dollar industry remained.

Through all these changes, collecting baseball cards still allows youngsters and the “kid in all of us” to indulge in a love for the game and the players who make it happen.

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