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If ever there was a company which could quell the suggestion that trade cards are somehow inferior to cigarette cards then Liebig is the one.

Not only do the sets show an incredible diversity of subject but they are wonderfully illustrated with a depth of colour which would make cigarette cards blush.

Hundreds of sets were issued and can be grouped into various 'periods'.

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Before I get over ambitious with my praise there is one small fly in the ointment for the English speaking market; a lot of the cards are written in a foreign language. This presents a problem for many Brits who have long felt no real need to learn a foreign language. I confess to being one of those millions and even trade cards cannot inspire me to learn anything but the most basic of lingo.

Baron Von Liebig, the inventor of the meat extraction process

There is also another thing about these cards you are going to notice very early on. For some reason just about every set issued has a jar of meat extract prominently displayed on the front on the card.

Magic Revealed 1894 (Actual sixe: 4"x2.75"

Quite why they felt this was necessary is difficult to say.

It is even more puzzling when you remember these cards were not actually issued with the product but were exchanged for tokens which were given away in the product.

It should be noted that this method of delivery has also meant there are very few 'spares' in the Liebig market which has the knock on effect in the price structure of these sets which are usually of six cards.

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You might just be lucky enough to find a Liebig set without the meat extract jar because the first 19 sets produced did not have this illustration. Those are sets issued before 1872. This can be considered the first period of this illustrious company.

The second period has the jar and the inscription, '5 Gold Medals and 3 Awards for Merit' on the reverse side.

To say Liebig were prolific issuers of cards would not really do the company justice.

As I have said earlier 19 sets were issued before 1872 and by 1888, 209 sets had been issued. Remember though a set only usually comprises six cards in this instance but even so by 1900 over 600 more sets had been added to the total number issued.

I keep mentioning the fact a set is only six cards long. The very first issue ran to 16 cards and others ran to 12 cards. The 19 sets of the first period were only produced in French but towards the end of the second period (sets 20-58) duplications were too be found in both German and English. This was a demonstration of the growing demand for the product itself. The third period (sets 59-93) saw some cards printed in Italian and others in Spanish.

By the fourth period though (sets 94-150) the international nature of the company was set, now boasting 10 Gold Medals and Diplomas of Merit it was selling an annual five million jars worldwide. This means cards can be found in Hungarian, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Swedish and Danish. In 1889 Musical Instruments and Child Skaters can even be found in Russian.

These language variations mean of the basic 638 sets which are collectable up to the period 1900 there are some 1500 sets collectable from this period.

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By 1974 the company has issued in the region of 2000 different sets which can be collected in a variety of languages and for this very reason you can expect to hear a good deal more about this issuer of cards as time goes on.

The very fact that many of the cards issued were non-English has hampered the development of this market sector. It has to be accepted that card collecting has reached its zenith in the English speaking world and specifically the United Kingdom where just about every card ever produced has been catalogued and priced. The further you get away from this 'English' epicentre the more vague the information gets.

One of the earliest catalogues to deal with Liebig cards was compiled by a Louis Janssens in 1933.

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Knowing exactly how many sets were issued is not as easy as perhaps it should be. In 1933 Louis Janssens catalogue gave a listing of 1102 sets issued between the years of 1872 and 1914 and with the recompensment of production after World War I another 174 sets are catalogued between 1919 and 1932.

Corrections and additions:
The earliest catalogue was Dresser who issued an very good illustrated catalogue in 1903
This is made more difficult by the fact the company is still issuing. Another 6 having been issued in Italy this year.
There are some 1868 sets of cards whic do not include the 19 sets of table cards or the 70 sets of menu cards.
It is also a fact the jar has been omitted from some 500 later sets.
I have to thank: Van den Bosch Albert for this additional information and correcting my errors. Any errors which remain on this page are mine alone.

This catalogue gives further details of sets which were issued in English. Of the 360 different series issued between 1872-93 60 were printed in English.

1974 saw the demise of the Liebig cards.

This was 101 years after the death of Baron Von Liebig, the inventor of the meat extraction process and obviously the fellow that gave the company its name.

For all of you that like trivia here is some real trivia.

Baron Von Liebig might have been a big wheel in the meat extraction process but he also was a big noise in space. A major contributor to astronomical science in 1874 the German astronomer Dr J Schmidt proposed a principal moon crater be named after the Baron because of his significant work. To this end there is a crater on the moon called the Liebig crater.