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Publication numberUS305315 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 16, 1884
Publication numberUS 305315 A, US 305315A, US-A-305315, US305315 A, US305315A
InventorsThomas W. Lawsojst
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 305315 A
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(S.pecimens.) 3 SheetS-Sheet 1.



-No. 305,315. Patented Sept. 16, 1884'.


3 Sheets-Sheet 3.

(Spoimena) T. W. LAWSON.


Patented Sept. 16, 1884.




251 1-3 JLFICATION forming part of Letters Patent NO. 305,315, dated September 16, .1884.

7 Application filed March 18, 1884. (Specimens) To (ZZZ whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, Tnorms W. LAWSON, of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Playing- Oards, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in which Figures 1 to 11 represent typical specimens of the cards employed in the game.

Myinvention relates to the cards employed in a new game of cards which is known as the card'base-ball game and the object of my invention is to provide a series of cards bearing certain figures, whereby thevarious persons and objects and movements involved in a game of base-ball may be indicated, a certain relative value being given to each card or series of cards, as hereinafter described.

My invention consists in the cards adapted to be used and combined as hereinafter de scribed in playing the game of card base-ball. The game is played by a pack of thirty-six cards,which contains nine tricks of four cards in each trick. Like whist andcertain other cardgames, the game may be played by two, three, or four persons. The length of the game depends upon the number of innings agreed upon to constitute a game, there being five, seven, or nine innings allowed. Each run constitutes a trick, and the player or side scoring the highest number of tricks wins the game. A run is only counted for each trick taking more than four cards. The game is to be played according to the regular rules pertaining to card-playing. This explanation is given in order that there may be an understanding of the use to which the cards are put.

Fig. 1 represents the striker-card, of which there are nine for each pack. This card bears the figure down to the waist of a man with a bat in his hand, carried in striking position. Each card has two of these figures in inverted relative position.

Fig. 2 represents the base-hit card, in the center of which is a base-sack. There are four of these base-hit cards, the number of sacks corresponding to the number of the base. The card bearing four sacks is called the homerun card.

Fig. 3 represents the base-man card, of

which there are three, one for each base on the field, and they are designated, respectively, by the characters 1 base-man, 2 baseman, and 3 base-man, in opposite corners. The figure is that of a man with his hands extended, as in the act of catching a ball. There are two such figures upon each card, arranged in inverted relative position,

as'before described.

Fig. 4 represents the catcher-card, which is like the base-man card, with the exception that the faces of the figures are masked, and that the word Catcher is in opposite corners of the card. There is but one such card for each pack.

Fig. 5 represents the umpire-card, which bears in its center two figuresin inverted position, each figure being that of a man in shirtsleeves and cap, and holding a watch in one hand. There is but one such card for each pack.

Fig. 6 represents the forcedout card, which bears in its center the figure of a man reclining upon his side. There is but one such card for each pack.

Fig. 7 represents the threestrikes card, in

the center of which are a pair of crossed bats.

ignated, respectively, in the opposite diagonal I corners as Three strikes, Three strikes missed, and Three strikes out.

Fig. 8 represents the wild-throw card, in the center of which is a whirling figure composed of four arms, each carrying a ball in its hand, and all surrounding a central ball. There are five of these cards for each pack, all being alike, and each being designated in diagonally-opposite corners by the words WVild throw.

Fig. 9 represents the ball-card, in the center of which is a ball. There are six of these cards, which. are designated, respectively, in diagonally opposite corners by the words Fly ball, Fly muff, and Fly catch, Foul ball, Foul muff, and Foul catch.

Fig. 10 represents a card bearing in its center a ball behind which are two crossed bats. There are two cards of this kind for each pack, designated, respectively, in diagonally-opposite corners as Grounder and Pick up.

Fig. 11 represents the seven-ball card, in the center of which are seven balls concentrically arranged. There is one such card for each As an improvement in playing-cards, a sepaek, designated at diagonally-opposite corries of cards arranged to indicate the several 10 ners by the Words 7 balls. characters and movements in a game of base- These various cards are printed in different ball, substantially as described. 5 colors, to accord with the several suits, as in THOMAS W LAWSON.

other cards. Witnesses:

Having thus described my invention, I J. A. lVIILLER, J11,

claim- M. F. BLIGH.

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US2687306 *Sep 23, 1952Aug 24, 1954Cheng George CDeck of playing cards
US6082774 *Apr 26, 1995Jul 4, 2000Schlauch; Frederick C.Memorabilia articles having integral collectable attractiveness attributes
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02