Years in Production
Bradshaw Games issued their first baseball cards in the spring of 1953, and famously held a promotion at Rockefeller Center in New York City where wax packs were handed out free of charge to thousands of children while Brooklyn Dodgers Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo, and Jackie Robinson signed autographs and gave batting and fielding tips.
Bradshaw Games was headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and while the baseball card department was not a completely separate division, it did operate with near full autonomy under director Cy Sherburne, previously a production assistant and designer for Topps.
Today, while Bradshaw’s offerings are considered by many to be more flamboyant and daring than most of the competition (with some of those designs quite polarizing) those same designs are cherished as timeless classics worth collecting.
Bradshaw Games issued cards at retail every year beginning in 1953 and continuing through at least 1979.