John Baines was one of the earliest printers of soccer cards, starting his business in the early 1880s.
Baines originated the packet of football cards, patenting it in the early 1890s. The earliest cards from circa 1882 have a cricketer & rugby player Bradford coat of arms, later 1880s issues drop this; by the 1890s the lion and unicorn coat of arms appeared, by 1905 the gold medal (Bradford exhibition 1904) backs appeared; cards with LTD (Ltd. or Limited) are from after 1909 when two strands of Baines's family inherited the business and one side created a limited company of the name; the other side carried on using the trading name without Ltd. Click on the images to see large pictures and related information.