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Exhibit baseball cards are difficult to date because the only way to distinguish between years is by very subtle differences. Most Exhibit cards are blank backed with very little identifying text on the front. Differences in the placement of text, font style, and wording  such as "Made in U.S.A." or "Printed in U.S.A." will help to narrow it down to the year in which they first appeared.
 

 Exhibit Supply Company Baseball Card Dating Chart


Year

Text

Image

1921-1924

Player name in script
Team affiliation below

1925

Player -Position- Team
'(MADE IN U.S.A.)'
(boxed)

1926

Player-Position-Team 
(stacked, block print) 
'Ex. Sup. Co. U.S.A' 
(written below)

1926-1929* *Postcard backs
Most have hand written style print

1927

Ex. Sup. Co. Chgo Made in USA on right

1928

Some pare ostcard backs with coupon

1929-30

Four on One.
Two lines block type. No 'Made in USA'. Postcard backs.

  

1931-32

Four on One.
List of prizes on back.

1933

Four on One.
Blank backs, bright colors.

1934

Four on One.
Subdued colors, white card stock.

1935

Four on One.
Single color only.

1936

Four on One.
'Ptd. IN U.S.A.'

1937

Four on One.
'Ptd. In USA'

1938

Four on One.
'Made IN USA'

1939-45

Salutation, 'MADE IN USA'

1946

Salutation, 'MADE IN USA' 9/16"
Red-Brown color

1947

no greeting, hand lettered name, 'MADE IN USA' 1/2"

1948

'MADE IN USA' 5/8"

1948 Baseball's Greats HOF 
Black & White

1949

'AN EXHIBIT CARD' on left

'MADE IN USA' ON RIGHT

1950

'MADE IN USA' 7/16"
All upper case

1951-53

'Made In U.S.A.' 
(upper and lower case)

1954-56

'PRINTED IN U.S.A' Printed script name on left

1957-58

'Printed in U.S.A.'
(upper and lower case)
reddish brown

1959

'Printed in U.S.A.'
(upper and lower case)

1960-61

'Printed in U.S.A.' 
(1960 black & White)
(1961 brown)

1962

Stat Backs

1963

Stat Backs. 'Printed in USA' on back (if not on front)

1964-66

No 'Printed in USA' Blank backs

1977 Baseball's Greats HOF   style of 1948 but with  tinted colors
1980 'An Exhibit Card 1980' 

 

 

 

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