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This page depicts and describes the various sets of American Girl trading cards which were produced by Pleasant Company beginning in 1994, including complete checklists. Up through 2007, there are a total of about 918 different cards featuring all twelve American Girls. The different trading card packages, albums and boxed sets are also shown and described on this page.

The rows of card icons above link to the trading card pages of the twelve American Girls. The girls' names along the left side of the table shown below also link to their individual card pages.

The Ebay logo below links to an Ebay search for American Girl Trading Cards, Packs, Albums and Boxed Sets. These often sometimes come up for auction, but certain series are rarer and more expensive than others. Kit's 2001 set of cards #31-60, and Samantha and Addy's 1998 series are much harder to come by than any of the 1994 or 2002 card series and therefore at auction they typically fetch a higher cost.





Card Series

In 1994, Pleasant Company introduced a series of trading cards featuring all of the historical girls at that time: Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, Felicity and Addy. The 1994 Series featured 60 cards for each girl with card #60 being a checklist. The illustrations on the cards came from the six story books for each girl. The cards came in card packs containing 10 cards.

In 1995, a Trading Card album featuring labeled dividers and several transparent card collecting pages was made available to help girls organize their card collections. That same year, a special boxed set of all 300 of the 1994 Series AG cards was offered featuring labeled dividers.

In 1998, a set of cards was created for Josefina the newest American Girl who had just been introduced in 1997. The illustrations in Samantha and Addy's books were completely redone sometime after 1994. Nancy Niles's illustrations in Samantha's books were replaced by ones by Dan Andreasen, and Addy's book illustrations originally done by Melodye Rosales were replaced by ones by Dahl Taylor. So in 1998, a new set of 60 Samantha cards and 60 Addy cards were produced which were exactly like the 1994 cards except that they bore these redone book illustrations. No changes were made to Kirsten, Molly or Felicity's cards in 1998.

Many long time AG collectors also know that the illustrations in Molly's books were redone prior in 1989. The original illustrator of Molly's first three books was C. F. Payne, with Book 4 being done by David Gaadt. But in 1988, Nick Backes replaced them as illustrator on Molly's books. Mr. Backes did the illustrations for Books 5 and 6, and he then redid the illustrations in the first four books in 1989. The reason that there are not two sets of Molly cards with different versions of each picture is because her books were already changed to the new version before any trading cards were made. Sam and Addy's books were redone after the 1994 Series cards were made. However, if Pleasant Company had decided to create the first sets of AG Trading Cards in 1987 instead of 1994, her card set might look as depicted on the Molly's 1987 Trading Cards page.

Thus, beginning in 1998, card packs contained 10 cards per pack featuring cards labeled "1998" for Samantha, Addy and Josefina and cards labeled "1994" for Kirsten, Molly and Felicity.

Also in 1998, the Trading Card album was redesigned to include a divider for Josefina and cover featuring Josefina and the new Samantha and Addy illustrations. A new boxed set containing 360 cards was also offered. Interestingly, since the 1998 card packs included 1998 Series Samantha and Addy cards, there were 1994 Series Sam and Addy cards leftover in the warehouses, and these were included in the 1998 boxed sets. So, the only 1998 cards included in the 1998 box sets were Josefina's 60 cards, with the remaining 300 being from the 1994 Series. For this reason, the 1998 Series Samantha and Addy cards are much rarer than the 1994 sets. These cards are thus about the third rarest AG card series.

Around 1999, the Trading Card albums and boxed sets were discontinued as Pleasant Company apparently did not wish to redesign these to incorporate Kit, the new historical girl added in 2000.

In 2000, Kit, the newest AG girl at that time, got her first card set. Unlike the other girls whose 60 card sets came out all at once, Kit's came out over two years. Thus the 2000 Kit Series featured cards #1 through 30, with no checklist card. So, beginning in 2000, new trading card packs came out which included 10 cards featuring 1994 Series Molly, Kirsten and Felicity cards; 1998 Series Samantha, Addy and Josefina cards and 2000 Series Kit cards (cards #1-30 with no checklist). Due to their rarity Kit's 2000 Series are the second most hard to find AG card series today.

The next year, 2001, the rest of Kit's 60 cards were released. Kit's 2001 series featured cards #31 through 60, with #60 being the checklist card covering all 60 cards. The 2001 card packs included the same cards as in 2000 with the addition of Kit's Series 2001 cards. By far, Kit's 2001 Series are the most hard to find today since they were only sold for one year, and no boxed sets featuring Kit were ever made.

In 2002, whole new sets of cards for all of the girls were created. For Samantha, Molly, Kirsten, Felicity, Addy and Josefina, these new cards featured new illustrations and information which came from the so-called Short Story books that had come out for these girls in the previous two years. The 2002 series card set for each of the first seven girls, Samantha, Molly, Kirsten, Felicity, Addy, Josefina and Kit included 16 cards, one unnumbered checklist card and three stickers. However, since this was to be Kaya's first and only card set, her 2002 series card set included 30 cards, one unnumbered checklist card and 5 stickers. In that same year, Pleasant Company introduced the Trading Card Game which included a set of different cards which were similar in content and size as the normal AG Trading Card series, but which were not actually part of the Trading Card line.

In late August 2004, the so-called "Trading Card Mini-Albums" became available. This unique album collection gave girls an easy and attractive way to collect and display the cards for the first eight American Girls. Each mini album holds up to 30 trading cards. The album set also included a three-sided frame for displaying favorite cards on a desk, nightstand, or shelf, and also included a free special-edition Samantha & Nellie trading card. This single card, numbered #17, comprises the "Samantha 2004 Series" and is pictured at right.

The year 2004 saw the introduction of a special series of Nellie cards. These are available in card packs containing a set of all 10 cards from the 2004 Series Nellie cards, making it very easy for girls to collect trading cards of the newest historical girl. The trading card packs containing the 2002 series cards were discontinued in 2004. There was also a single Special Edition Sam and Nellie card that came with the new Trading Card Mini Albums.

In 2005, Sticker Packs for five of the girls were produced. These were given a very limited and erratic distribution, being sold at places such as bookstores and were generally quite hard to locate. Each pack contained 10 stickers. Sticker packs were only made for Kaya, Josefina, Addy, Kit and Molly. It is not clear why packs were not made for Felicity, Kirsten or Samantha.

To coincide with the release of the Felicity Merriman TV-Movie, two new card sets were released in September of 2005. Felicity got a movie cards set of 12 cards. Felicity's best friend Elizabeth Cole got a set just like Nellie's, featuring 10 cards with illustrations by Dan Andreasen taken from the new book, Very Funny, Elizabeth!



To coincide with the release of the Molly McIntire TV-Movie, two new card sets were released in the Fall of 2006. Molly got a movie cards set of 10 unnumbered cards and Molly's best friend Emily Bennett got a set, just like Nellie and Elizabeth's, featuring 10 cards with illustrations by Nick Backes from the new book, Brave Emily.




August 2007 saw the introduction of a new trading card set which includes cards featuring all of the American Girls including the newest girl, Julie Albright. These new trading cards come in card packs containing 12 cards. The 2007 Series cards features 175 cards. Each of the nine historical girls has 16 cards and a checklist card, with Kaya having 30 cards and a checklist and Julie having 24 cards and a checklist. With the exception of Julie's 25 cards, all of the other 150 cards for the other eight girls are straight reissues of the 2002 Series AG trading cards. The 2007 Series cards can be distinguished from their 2002 counterparts by the copyright date on the bottom of the back of each card. So, with the introduction of the 2007 Series, the 2002 Series was retired. Interestingly, Ivy Ling, the new friend doll from 1974, was the first historical doll that didn't have a trading card set. No historical dolls introduced after 2010 (Marie-Grace, Cecile & Caroline) have trading cards.

In 2009, a final set of AG trading cards was released. These featured 2007-Series cards for Kirsten, Molly, Felicity, Addy, Josefina, Kit, Kaya and Julie and 2009-Series cards for the newest girl, Rebecca Rubin. The set did not include Samantha cards since she and her collection had been archived in 2008. The 2009-series cards were discontinued after 2010 - thus ending the American Girl Trading Card products after sixteen years.

A Note about Scarcity
The most hard to find are Kit's 2001 Series, followed closely by Kit's 2000 Series. After those, the third rarest group of trading cards are Samantha and Addy's 1998 Series.

The table below shows the cards sets for each of the girls, what year the set was introduced and how many cards were included. The girls' names along the left side of the table link to their individual card pages.


Girl
1994 Series
1998 Series
2000 Series
2001 Series
2002 Series
2004 Series
2005 Series
2006 Series
2007 Series
2009 Series
60 Cards
60 Cards
 
 
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
1 Card
   
17 Cards
 
60 Cards
     
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
     
17 Cards
17 Cards
60 Cards
     
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
   
10 Cards
17 Cards
17 Cards
60 Cards
     
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
 
12 Cards
 
17 Cards
17 Cards
60 Cards
60 Cards
   
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
     
17 Cards
17 Cards
 
60 Cards
   
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
     
17 Cards
17 Cards
   
30 Cards
30 Cards
17 Cards, 3 Stickers
     
17 Cards
17 Cards
       
31 Cards, 5 Stickers
     
31 Cards
31 Cards
         
10 Cards
       
           
10 Cards
     
             
10 Cards
   
               
25 Cards
25 Cards
                 
31 Cards
Total Cards
300
180
30
30
150
11
22
20
175
189



Trading Card Packs

Each time that a new AG Trading Card series was introduced, the trading card pack was redesigned. Below are shown the different trading card packs which came out beginning in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.


Trading Card Pack
[1994-1997]

Trading Card Pack
[1998-1999]

Trading Card Pack
[2000-2001]

Trading Card Pack
[2002 - 2007]

Nellie Trading Cards (10 Cards Per Pack)
[2004 - 2007]

Felicity's Movie Trading Cards (12 Unnumbered Cards Per Pack)
[2005 - 2007]

Elizabeth Trading Cards (10 Cards Per Pack)
[2005 - 2007]

Molly's Movie Trading Cards (10 Unnumbered Cards Per Pack)
[2006 - 2007]

Emily Trading Cards (10 Cards Per Pack)
[2006 - 2007]

Trading Card Pack (12 cards per pack)
[2007 - 2008]

Molly's Movie Trading Cards (10 Unnumbered Cards Per Pack) Unreleased
[2008]

Trading Card Pack (12 cards per pack)
[2009 - 2010]



Trading Cards Albums and Sets

In 1994, a special boxed set of all 300 of the 1994 Series AG cards was offered featuring labeled dividers. It's original price was $35. The next year, in 1995, a Trading Card album featuring labeled dividers and several transparent card collecting pages was made available to help girls organize their card collections.

In 1998, the Trading Card album was redesigned to include a divider for Josefina and a cover featuring Josefina and the new Samantha and Addy illustrations. A new boxed set containing 360 cards was also offered. Interestingly, since the 1998 card packs included 1998 Series Samantha and Addy cards, there were 1994 Series Sam and Addy cards leftover in the warehouses, and these were included in the 1998 boxed sets. So, the only 1998 cards included in the 1998 box sets were Josefina's 60 cards, with the remaining 300 being from the 1994 Series.

Around 1999, the Trading Card albums and boxed sets were discontinued as Pleasant Company apparently did not wish to redesign these to incorporate Kit, the new historical girl added in 2000.

In 2002, Pleasant Company introduced the Trading Card Game which included a set of different cards which were similar in content and size as the normal AG Trading Card series, but which were not actually part of the Trading Card line.

In late August 2004, the so-called "Trading Card Mini-Albums" became available. Each mini album held up to 30 trading cards. The album set also included a three-sided frame for displaying favorite cards on a desk, nightstand, or shelf, and also included a free special- edition Samantha & Nellie trading card. The design of these mini albums was flawed in that it was very hard to fit the cards into it due to the album's holders being slightly too narrow.


Trading Cards Set I
(Complete set of 300 Cards for Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, Felicity & Addy) [1994-1998]

Trading Card Album I
(Binder and dividers for Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, Felicity & Addy) [1995-1998]

Trading Cards Set II
(Complete set of 360 Cards for Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, Felicity, Addy & Josefina) [1998-1999]

Trading Card Album II
(Binder and dividers for Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, Felicity, Addy & Josefina) [1998-1999]

Trading Card Game
[2002-Present]

Trading Card Mini Albums
[2004 - 2007]



2002 Series Trading Card Stickers

For the first and only time in an American Girl Trading Cards series, the 2002 trading cards included stickers. The card packs contained 10 cards and one sticker. These stickers bore no text or numbers, and they were not listed on the Checklist cards. This made it difficult for collectors to determine which stickers existed and which ones they were missing. Each girl had a portrait sticker and most had a sticker showing them reading/writing. Each of the eight girls had three stickers in her set with the exception of Kaya who had 5 stickers. As an aid to collectors, the 26 stickers of the 2002 Series are shown below. Clicking on the images below brings up a much larger sticker image.







2005 Sticker Packs

In 2005, Sticker Packs for five of the girls were produced. These were given a very limited and erratic distribution, being sold at stores such as bookstores and were generally quite hard to locate. Each pack contained 10 stickers. Sticker packs were only made for Kaya, Josefina, Addy, Kit and Molly. It is not clear why packs were not made for Felicity, Kirsten or Samantha.


Kaya Sticker Pack

Josefina Sticker Pack

Addy Sticker Pack

Kit Sticker Pack

Molly Sticker Pack





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