Collectors' Cards for Antique Tractors

"TractorCards" collectors' cards give less expensive option to antique tractor collectors

| November 1998

For folks who find antique tractors too expensive to collect, the Ray Schmidgall family offers TractorCards. The collectors' cards feature color photographs of old tractors on the front, and statistics on the back.

TractorCards were first produced in 1991 by the publishers of a magazine for afficianados of John Deere machinery. The Schmidgalls of Mason, Mich., bought the business in 1992. Ray is assisted in the business by his wife, Barbara, and the couple's four daughters. The family has used income from the business to pay for mission trips to Ecuador, El Salvador and Spain.

The Schmidgalls typically produce three sets of cards each year, and issue an undisclosed, limited number of each set.

In 1997, they issued two sets of 15 cards featuring John Deere tractors from the 1930s and 1950s, and a 12-card set featuring Ford tractors.

In 1998, they plan to issue 15-card sets of John Deere tractors from the 1940s and Model G JD's, and a 12-card set of JD crawlers

In the past, they have featured Ford, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis and Oliver. Sets of 15 cards sell for $7, and 12-card sets for $6.