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

The Trader Speaks issues from the 1970’s.

Latest additions

Jan. 2017: N127 Sea Captain dupes for sale/trade
Nov. 2016: new N559 State Governors page, several new D381’s
Aug. 2016: 4 D381 Fleischmann commons


Welcome to The Trader Speaks. This hobby site has images and descriptions of most of my pre-WWI vintage baseball and 19th-century non-sport cards. Click on the menu options to view more info on each set. The cards generally aren’t for sale, although some may be available for trade. Some of the gallery pages have a lot of images and may take a few seconds to load, depending on your connection.

I started collecting when I was a kid in the late 70’s and have been at it off and on since then. Many of the cards came to me via eBay (which is no longer very useful), while others were acquired from auction houses or from trades with fellow collectors. The oldest cards in my possession are a few T204’s that I’ve owned for more than 25 years. This site was previously called, but I renamed it in 2015 after a great hobby publication that ran from 1968 to 1983; the covers from several issues are shown below.

You can always contact me with any questions or comments or if you’ve got something good you might want to sell. I’m glad to get feedback on the site and I try to respond quickly. If you’re looking to purchase cards, your best bet is still eBay or, if you want to jump in with both feet, try one of the well-known auction houses. I can provide estimates for card values, but you’ll likely have to provide me with scans first.


Yay, Security!

Quick & wonky technology note: I’ve switched this site over to HTTPS even though I collect no information from visitors unless they choose to email me. In short, I gave in, as 2017 is apparently going to be the year that Google, WordPress, and other bigwigs shame non-secure sites into complying with the use of SSL. It’d be super if my hosting provider GoDaddy made it easy to work with the free & somewhat easy Let’s Encrypt, but they definitely do not, so I had to shell out $9 for the cert. Anyway, no one is snooping on you on this site, including me.