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

The Trader Speaks issues from the 1970’s.

Latest additions

Aug. 2020: Several more N43 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions, a few D381 Fleischmann and Ferguson Bakeries additions

May 2020: Big group of beautiful N146 Duke Actresses & Celebrities

Feb. 2020: several gorgeous N238 Kinney International Cards, Jones, Keyser & Arras cabinet of Russ Ford, several new T204’s with T.T.T. backs

Dec. 2019: Plow Boy cabinet of Ed Walsh


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 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 they may take a few seconds to load, depending on your connection. The site renders well on all devices, I think.

I started collecting when I was a kid in the late 70’s and I’ve been at it off and on 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 from 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. One note: I’m not buying publications.

If you’d like to use images found here, I won’t squawk but please credit this site. Thanks.