1888 Goodwin Champions tobacco card featuring Jack Glasscock, Indianapolis Hoosiers shortstop, source: Library of Congress
Tobacco company Allen & Ginter started placing cards in their packs of cigarettes in 1875 and these cards often depicted baseball players of the era. In 1890, Allen & Ginter merged with some other tobacco companies, including Goodwin & Company, to form the American Tobacco Company. The American Tobacco Company produced the iconic baseball card set known as T206 which includes the famous Honus Wagner card that sold in a public auction in 2013 for $2.1 million.
Used as advertising materials in cigarette packs, the T206 tobacco cards were 1 7/16″ by 2 5/8″, but the size of modern tobacco cards varies slightly. As tobacco cards are smaller than today’s normal 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sports cards, it can be a challenge when deciding how to protect, store and display these prized collectibles.
BCW Supplies offers several solutions for protecting tobacco cards.
BCW Tobacco Card Sleeves
BCW Tobacco Card Topload Holders
Tobacco Card Toploaders & Sleeves Combo Packs
20-Pocket Page for Tobacco Cards (100-ct. Box and 20-ct. Pack)
Pro-Mold 1-Screw Tobacco Card Holders
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen with St. Louis Cardinals’ Jon Jay, card in a BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve
A new product for card collectors is the BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve (1-IS-TBC). Like normal BCW card sleeves, the card is protected from scratches by archival-safe polypropylene. The Insert Sleeve differs from a standard Tobacco Card Sleeve because the outer dimension of an insert is the size of a tradition 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card. To keep the smaller tobacco card centered in the sleeve, an inset “U” is welded into the poly. Unlike the 2 mil thickness of standard Tobacco Card Sleeves, the BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves are 4 mil thick to make the bordering poly more rigid. The benefit of this design is that most collectors store their sports cards in boxes, 9-pocket pages or card holders designed for 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards. By placing tobacco cards in Insert Sleeves, the smaller cards now fit in the more uniform, standard size boxes, pages and holders.
BCW offers many more Pro-Mold and BCW brand card holders for various sizes of mini cards. Please check the dimensions of your cards and compare the specs with our website to ensure you get the correct card sleeves and holders for your cards.