When most modern collectors think about baseball cards, they tend to think purely about companies like Topps or Panini. Pre-war collectors know better, though. While Topps came to dominate the industry, cards have evolved plenty over the years. Keep in mind that some of the types of cards in these eras definitely overlap i.
Strip cards were generally given with purchases or sold by retailers. Hence the name, they mostly came in a long strip where merchants could cut or rip off a certain amount for customers. For this reason, strip cards often have uneven or rough edges. Also classified as W-Card issues were Exhibit postcards and those are included in this section as well. The hand-cut nature of the cards has given grading companies fits over the years. Others have been graded based on the rest of their appearance and have earned numerical grades. Putting it politely, strip cards have a mostly poor reputation in the trading card industry.
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Only catalogs were printed in , increasing to 3, in its last edition of It has become the de facto method in identifying and organizing trade cards produced in the Americas pre The book catalogues sports and non-sports cards, but is best known for its categorization of baseball cards.