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Oldest Cigarette Card
The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a...read more.

Million Dollar Card
The start of the millennium was very memorable for the cigarette card world. A Honus Wagner cigarette card, the "holy grail" of baseball cards, fetched a record...read more.

Horse Cigarette Cards
Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of...read more.

Soccer Cigarette Cards
The rules of modern association football were established in the 1860s in the public schools of England. Prominent soccer players and teams were vividly portrayed on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Early Cigarette Cards

  Stiff cards were inserted into fragile packets of cigarettes in the 19th century to prevent them from crushing. The cigarette card evolved from the idea of printing an advertisement on this "stiffener" card. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when the first cigarette card was issued since records are sparse. The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a picture of the Marquis of Lorne. This card was issued in packets of cigarettes of the same name. A journal and advertisement, dated 1879, make reference to this.

  In 1976, Mr Edward Wharton-Tiger discovered an American cigar card issued by R.C. Brown, the picture of which depicted a gentleman holding a card dated 1877.

 R.C. Brown card thought to be one of the earliest known "tobacco insert cards", 1877-1879

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