Issues of The Trader Speaks from Aug. 1975, Nov. 1978, and Sept. 1979.

The Trader Speaks issues from the 1970’s.

Latest additions

Nov. 2022: Many more N288 Buchner Police Inspectors & Fire Captains. Lots of 1911 E100 Bishop & Co. PCL cards

Aug. 2022: Lots of new T224/T229 Pet and Kopec Mouthpiece Cigarettes. A complete 1910 E99 Bishop & Co. PCL players set.

Apr. 2022: Two new N559 Lake Erie Tobacco Company Ivory Long Cut State Governors, more Plow Boy Cabinets

Welcome to The Trader Speaks. This is a hobby site with images and descriptions of most of my pre-WWI vintage baseball, boxing, and 19th-century non-sport cards. Click on the menu options to view info on each set. The cards usually aren’t for sale, although some may be available for trade; you can always contact me via email. I’ve disallowed all commenting on the site due to spammers.

I started collecting when I was a kid in the late 70’s and I’ve been at it off and on ever since then. The oldest cards in my possession are a few T204’s that I’ve owned for more than 25 years. This site is named after a great hobby publication that ran from 1968 to 1983 (In Memoriam: Dan Dischley); the covers of several issues are shown above.

You can always contact me with any questions or comments or if you’ve got something good you might want to sell. I usually respond quickly, but it may take a few days. I’ve disabled comments on this site due to spamming, so email is the only way to contact me.

If you’d like to use images or text found here (for example, in eBay listings), I won’t complain but please credit this site. Thanks.