top of page
VINTAGE WOMEN'S TRADING CARDS
Below are vintage, authenic cards for sale. These cards originally came from a variety of sources, the largest being from cigarette packs and also chocolate, coffee, shoe polish, etc. Some are from redemption offers.
Women in sports were often seen as a novelty, making it rare that female athletes were shown at all on trading cards. Before the 1920s it was not fashionable for women to smoke, so one can only wonder why marketers included female athletes on cigarette cards. Cards were meant to be collected, and thankfully so because many were protected and have withstood the test of time.
What the cards tell us is that the love for playing sports transcended the societal rules that told women they should not compete. Most of the background pictures on this web page are from vintage cards.
These rarely seen cards tell their stories in ways that many people have never seen before. Cards were a collectible medium and one of the few paper sources that showed women in sports, outside of the scarce newspaper article or promotional poster.
The women on these cards can be role models to our young girls today. They can teach them to dream big, to never give up, and to work towards what they know they can be. The promotion of women's sports has been our driving force and these cards provide both a focus and a medium. They tell the historical story in a fascinating and fun way.
Cindy Dick is working on a book that will show a curated selection of cards printed before World War II. It will also be a book about women's sports history as seen through the lens of their own trading cards, how the cards were distributed, and about the socio economic history affecting women's participation in sports from the countries that produced the majority of the cards. If you would like to be notified when it is published, please add your name to the "Contact Us" page and note your area of interest in the message box.
The cards below are not altered in any way, except a watermark has been added. What you see is what you'll get. Prices are based on a card's rarity and condition.
bottom of page