Trading Cards

Gridiron Greats at the Met

In honor of the Super Bowl, a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes a look back at the iconic trading cards and game photography from the early days of the sport.

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John Dunlop

P.H. Mayo & Brother, Richmond, Virginia
John Dunlop, Yale University, from the College Football Stars series (N302) for Mayo's Cut Plug Tobacco, 1894

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Jim Thorpe

Goudey Gum Company, Sport Kings
Jim Thorpe, 1933

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Red Grange

Goudey Gum Company, Sport Kings
Red Grange, 1933

MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, Palm Press, Inc.

Wes Fesler

Harold Edgerton
Wes Fesler Kicking a Football, ca. 1935

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Red Grange

National Chicle Gum Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Red Grange, from the "Baseball and Football" set (R311), issued by the National Chicle Company to promote Diamond Stars Gum, 1936