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J. Baines Shields (Soccer Cards)



In 1887, J. Baines obtained a patent that would become the first football (soccer) cards known in the world. His designs for cards were artistic and were in the shape of shields or club crests.

The J. Baines shields span across various decades and identifying or dating some of the shields can be incredibly hard.

Below will be an image gallery and a rudimentary “checklist” of Baines shields that I have seen. The checklist and gallery is mainly focused on football cards that feature a portrait shot.


Card Gallery

1897 Series




1897 Series

Steve Bloomer (Derby County) - Noel Wrye

Gay & Smith (Corinthians) - Noel Wrye


Billy Meredith (Manchester City) - @elrey_collection

Arthur Wharton (Darlington) - @elrey_collection

William Foulke (Sheffield United) - @elrey_collection

Liverpool “Well Kicked”

C. Wreford Brown “Play Up England” (Corinthians)

Harry Ford (Chelsea)

Lot Jones (Manchester City)

E. Needham (Sheffield United)

Lintott (Leeds City)

J. Logan (Aston Villa)

J. McDonnell (Bohemians)

I. Toone (Notts County)


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