A new card company is hoping to carve a niche among fans of pre-War players.
Knothole Cards, a newly-launched company based in Cleveland, has produced its inaugural set of 12 baseball cards featuring players from the turn of the last century.
The company reports that the series will be limited to 1,000 of each card and numbered as such.
Knothole Cards are sized after the American Tobacco cards from the early 1900s (1-7/16” X 2-5/8”), and feature players like Eddie Plank, Nap Lajoie and Jack Chesbro in a sepia tone glossy finish. The card backs list the player’s career stats and additional facts.
Two more series will follow at a later date – bringing the completed set total to 36 cards. Each series is priced at $29.99.
Chris Modarelli of Knothole Cards says he is launching the product to "re-introduce today’s baseball fans to the history of the game by highlighting some
of baseball’s early stars — players that the general card collecting community may not know, or may have forgotten about. Second, we wanted to produce a beautiful, yet affordable limited-edition card set."
Knothole Cards took it’s name from the practice of peeking through the ‘knotholes’ found in the wooden fences that surrounded the early baseball parks – thus catching a glimpse of the game’s early heroes for free.