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Illustrated History Index

The Origins: Early Photographys (1839-1879)
The Origins: Early Prints (1850-1885)
Early Trade Cards and the First Baseball Cards (1868-1879)
The Tobacco Revolution (1886-1899)
Non Commercial Cabinets & Photos of the 1880's-90's
Baseball Albums
Forgeries

Baseball Albums

coupon for an Allen & Ginter non-sports Album

Baseball Albums were premiums issued by the some of same tobacco companies that issued baseball cards, and are distinguished from the various books into which an individual or family might paste cards. Numerous Albums were issued but only five are baseball related. Most of the Albums picture cards in various attractive motifs. Most are comprised of chromolithographed pages bound together with ribbon or similar material. To obtain an Album one had to redeem coupons packed into tobacco packs.

Intact Baseball Albums are amongst the most attractive and desirable of baseball memorabilia. Rarity and price keep them out of most collections. Even a removed page picturing star baseball players can sell for over $1,000.

Occasionally one will find 'cards' cut from Albums or advertising posters. These cards differ in detail from a genuine example, including having blank backs. These cutouts are worth substantially less than the real card. They were most probably removed some time ago as complete albums and posters have become quite expensive on their own.

The Albums

Allen & Ginter Albums: Allen & Ginter issued two Baseball Albums related to their card issues N28 and N29. Both measure 6" X 18," have 12 pages and are string bound. The Album designations are A16 and A17. The cards, including the non-baseball cards, are pictured in with various backgrounds. The Allen & Ginter Albums are the most plentiful though still far from common.

Allen & Ginter Album A16. This Album shows the cards of the N28 card issue. Baseball players are spread out on three pages and the cover. The cover shows John Ward and boxer Jack Dempsy with various sports gear on a pool table. The pictured cards look the same as the real N28s except 'Allen & Ginter' are not printed at the bottom.

Allen & Ginter A17 shows the N29 cards. Only two pages have baseball players. The Album cover doesn't show any cards but a bugler with a banner hanging down from the horn with the words 'World's Champions.' The pictured cards are identical to the real N29s except with blank backs.

The Goodwin Albums: Goodwin & Co. issued two Baseball Albums. Both are the highly desirable and expensive.

Goodwin 'Round' Album A35. This popular and perfectly round album is also referred to as the Old Judge Album. The 9 pages are 8-1/4" in diameter and are held in a special metal holder. The front and back cover picture a baseball and the writing 'Official League Ball-- Goodwin & Co.-- New York." The inside pages picture one or more players per page and one page advertised Goodwin's tobacco brands

Goodwin 'Rectangle' Album A36. This standard shaped album measures 6" X 7-3/4" and is usually bound by a blue cloth strip. It pictures the ever popular N162 Goodwin Champions cards. It has 12 pages including covers. The inside pages picture the cards arranged on various backgrounds.

Kimball Album A42

This Album relates to the Kimball N184 card, is 12 pages plus covers and measures 5-3/4" X 7-3/8." It is bound by red and white string. The front and back covers show two cards each, and the inside pages picture four cards per page. It is scarce but does not depict any major players.

Allen & Ginter A17 Album Cover, held within frame

 

Two removed pages from the Allen & Ginter Album A17, picturing non-baseball players.

1888 Allen & Ginter's Album of World's Racers. This non-baseball album is similar in design to the Allen & Ginter's baseball albums was obtained with 75 to 100 cigarette coupons..

1888 Allen & Ginter's Album General Government and State Capital Buildings of the United States.

Main Index

The Origins: Early Photographys (1839-1879)
The Origins: Early Prints (1850-1885)
Early Trade Cards and the First Baseball Cards (1868-1879)
The Tobacco Revolution (1886-1899)
Non Commercial Cabinets & Photos of the 1880's-90's
Baseball Albums
Forgeries

 

 

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