National Trading Cards Day is introduced on February 24 each year. A typical card-trading process may include a picture of a place, a person, or any real or fictional thing, along with a description or trivia.
In the late 19th century, trade cards were often put in cigarette packs. They were also known as cigarette cards while people were advertising cigarettes and talking about interesting trivia.
In the United States, the most popular sports cards have been baseball cards. The first one was made in the 1860s for a sports good company. In 1909, the most valuable baseball card ever, the T206 Honus Wanger card, was once sold for over $3 million.
In 1933, baseball cards were packaged with gum by the Goudey Gum Company. Later in 1952, the first set of baseball cards with statistics and playing records came out, which was identified as the 1952 Topps Baseball set.
Topps has been the most popular brand for trading cards for several decades, including both sports cards and non-sports cards.
During the 1980s, collectors began to pay attention to how valuable those trading cards could be. In the 2000s, many companies started to produce digital cards instead of using paperboard or thick paper.
On top of those widespread sports trading cards, non-sports cards were also very well-known and trendy ever since.
Some non-sports trading cards may feature cartoon characters, comic book characters or any TV shows and movies. People often used these cards to play games like collectible card games.
Trading cards have a long history, and the younger generations may not even have heard about them before.
So, if you have an old trading card collection, you could take it out and see which one you would like to trade or sell. If you don’t have one, you could buy a set of trading cards online or from a collector to learn about the cultural value behind them.