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

The Trader Speaks issues from the 1970’s.

Latest additions

Dec. 2017: lots of new 1909 Obaks and D311’s. New section on pinbacks
Nov. 2017: new D311 Pacific Biscuit, N2 Allen & Ginter American Indian Chiefs and T227 Series of Champion pages.
Oct. 2017: rare N635 Celebrities Cigars Matthew Quay
Sept. 2017: new N155 (or N691?) Running Deer, my first N157 ‘Sunny South’ card, a bunch of beautiful N36 American Indians.


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 usually respond quickly, but please be patient.

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.