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

The Trader Speaks issues from the 1970’s.

Latest additions

Sept. 2019: N283 Buchner Defenders & Offenders James Watson.

Aug. 2019, post-National: T204 Jesse Burkett with T.T.T. back and a D381 Fleischmann Joe Wood

June 2019: Several beautiful N43 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions. More added in September.


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 at this time.

If you’d like to use images found here elsewhere (e.g., on other sites), I won’t squawk but please credit this site. Thanks.