20 Vintage Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads

The Red Man brand of chewing tobacco was first introduced to the US in 1904. Promotional activities tied-in with rural and outdoor sporting events was a main stay of Red Man s marketing strategy. From 1952 to 1955, Red Man produced a series of baseball cards, the only tobacco company to do so after 1920. The sets are valuable due to the appearance of top players including Stan Musial, Yogi Berra and Willie Mays.1 Red Man also sponsored other sporting events such as Red Man All-American Pulling Series, a tractor pulling competition and the “Red Man All-American Bass Championship”, a fishing competition.













National League Player #25. Willie Mays, Outfield, New York Giants. The return of Willie from his hitch in the Army bodes good things for the 1954 Giants. When Willie joined the team in 1951, after hitting.477 for 35 games in Minneapolis – the Giants weren’t doing so well. however, as all fans know, they wound up the year with a pennant. Willie loves to play ball, and his fielding is wonderful . He once caught a ball on the run in deep center at the Polo Grounds, whirled and threw a perfect strike to the plate to catch a man trying to score from third after the catch. This was in a vital game with Brooklyn in 1951.

American League Player #17. Joe Coleman, Pitcher, Baltimore Orioles. Joe made a fine comeback in 1954, overcoming a sore arm that had threatened to finish his career. He appeared in 33 games for the Orioles, a weak hitting team, and won 13, losing 17. He gave up 184 hits in 221 innings pitched, and struckout 103. The preceding season with the Philadelphia Athletics Joe appeared in 24 games, winning 3 and losing 4.

(Courtesy of Stanford Research)

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Rare Old Vintage Baseball Cards from 1887s

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Old vintage baseball cards were first issued during the 1880s when tobacco companies used them to promote sales. Although they also served periodically to stiffen soft cigarette packages, advertising was their primary function, for as early as 1887 cards and cigarettes were packed in more rigid “slide and shell” boxes which had no need for reinforcement. Although the cards vary in design and format, most are 2 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches, much smaller than today’s trading cards. Two exceptions are the large format sets of Turkey Red Cabinets and Old Judge Cabinets, produced as premiums in exchange for coupons distributed in cigarette packs (see information about the card sets in chronological order). Issued either as black-and-white photographs or color prints, the cards portray ballplayers both in action scenes and formal poses.

Great pitchers from the period include Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Smoky Joe Wood, Chief Bender, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Plank, Rube Marquard, and Rube Waddell, among others. Hall of Fame field players include King Kelly, Cap Anson, Home Run Baker, Dan Brouthers, Ed Delahanty, Eddie Collins, Buck Ewing, Wee Willie Keeler, Napoleon Lajoie, and Zack Wheat. Researchers may also find notable player partnerships, such as the immortal Cubs infield trio of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance or the talented Red Sox outfield comprised of Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis, and Harry Hooper. Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Charles Comiskey are among the game’s outstanding early managers depicted.

Charles Comiskey
O’Rourke, Catcher, New York
Johnston, Centre Field, Boston
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John M. Ward

Donnelly, Third Base, Washington
Donohue, Catcher, Mets, New York
Notice he doesn’t have a catcher’s mitt! Andrews, Fielder, Philadelphia
Wood, Left Field, Philadelphia
Fogerty, Right Field, Philadelphia
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Kilroy, Pitcher, Baltimore

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