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Tobacco Era Part 2

11) 1880s-90s Trade Cards

12) 1886 New York Base Ball Club H812

13) 1886 Red Stocking Cigars

14) 1886 Lorillard Team Cards

15) 1887 Tobin Lithographs

16) 1889 Diamond S Cigars N526

17) 1889 Number 7 Cigars N526

18) 1887-9 Baseball Currency

19) 1888 Duke's Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135

20) 1888 N43 Allen & Ginter

21) 1888 Yum Yum Tobacco

22) 1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets N173

23) 1888 Allen & Ginter N29

24) 1888 G & B Chewing Gum (E223)

25) 1888 Goodwin Champions N162

 

11) 1880s-90s Trade Cards

1887 Tobin Lithograph: An Anxious Moment (Paul Hines)

Started in the late 1860's baseball trade cards continued to be a popular advertising device. Comic cards were still the predominant style.

A collector will be able to find a wide assortment of colorful trade cards too numerous to list here. Most of these are substantially less expensive than the Allen & Ginter and Old Judges, in part because they didn't depict well known players. There are, however, several issues which depict major league players and these can be quite expensive. Of these, several are not comic cards. Two are schedule cards which could be put in their own category.

These significant issues are as follows.

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12) 1886 New York Base Ball Club H812 (not pictured)

type: trade card; print

availability: rare

popularity: above average

This extremely rare issue was put out by local tobacco merchants. The cards measure 3" X 4-3/4" and have blue line drawings of members of the New York Base Ball Club. The bottom of the front was left blank for the various advertising. The cards can be found with different advertising for local merchants. The player portraits are based on the N167 Goodwin images. The cards are made out of a thin paper, rather than cardboard. There are eight known different cards, including three Hall-of-Famers: Ewing, Welch and O'Rourke.

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13) 1886 Red Stocking Cigars (not pictured)

type: trade card; lithograph

Availability: Limited

Popularity: Above Average

These are attractive and large schedule and advertising cards (the backs carry the Red Stocking Schedules). The cards are printed in black and red with full-body line drawings of the players, and have advertising for Red Stocking Cigars. The key card depicts he legendary pitcher, Charles 'Hoss' Radbourne. It would be difficult to find one for sale below book price.

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14) 1886 Lorillard Team Cards

type: trade card; print

availability: limited

popularity: average/above average

These rather large cards (4-1/2" X 5-1/2") picture one of four major league teams. The backs have schedules along with an advertisement for one of the Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s brands, including Climax and Rebecca. The cards are difficult, but not impossible to obtain

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15) 1887 Tobin Lithographs

type: trade card; lithograph

availability: above average

popularity: popular

This cards are similar in style to the typical comic trade cards, except they depict major league players. A collector will find these to be affordable versions of the big stars. The cards can be color or black and white. In the front corner lists he manufacturer 'Tobin, N.Y.' The front can also have various advertising or none at all..

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16) 1889 Diamond S Cigars N526 (not pictured)

type: trade card; print

availability: limited

popularity: above average

While these cards are not terribly expensive, they are quite hard to find. Two versions of this set picturing Boston players were issued by Number 7 Cigars and Diamond S Cigar. The cards are approximately 3-1/8" by 4-1/2" and feature black and white line portrait drawings of the players with their name printed below in capital letters along with the team name ('Boston Base Ball Club'). The backs carry an add for either Number 7 Cigars, or Diamond S Cigars ('Best 10 cent Cigar in America'). Except for the backs, the two sets are identical.

There are currently 15 known players, including Hall-of-Famers Mike Kelley '(M.J.) Kelley', Chas. Radbourne and John Clarkson.

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17) 1889 Number 7 Cigars N526 (not pictured)

type: trade card, print

availability: limited

popularity: above average

While these cards are not terribly expensive, they are quite hard to find. Two versions of this set picturing Boston players were issued by Number 7 Cigars and Diamond S Cigars. The cards are approximately 3-1/8" by 4-1/2" and feature black and white line portrait drawings of the players with their name printed below in capital letters along with the team name ('Boston Base Ball Club'). The backs carry an add for either Number 7 Cigars, or Diamond S Cigars ('Best 10 cent Cigar in America'). Except for the backs, the two sets are identical.

There are currently 15 known players, including Hall-of-Famers Mike Kelley '(M.J.) Kelley', Chas. Radbourne and John Clarkson.

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1887 Tobin Lithograph of Baby (King) Kelley

 

1880's Trade card showing front and back

 

1880's Trade card showing front and schedule back

 

Circa 1887 Trade Card (left) and the advertised bank (right)..

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1880s Merchant's Gargling. Advertisement for Gargling Oil Liniment. These are amongst the most common trade cards.

Late 1890s Gold Medal Coffee Trade Card: Notice that home base is rectangular, as the present shape wasn't instituted until 1900.

1888 Boston Team Trade Card (6" X9") This is about as beautiful as Trade Cards get. The back advertises John Andrews Wholesale Grocers of Boston. The pictured card sold for $800, quite high for a trade card.

detail of 1888 Boston Team Trade Card

detail of 1888 Boston Team Trade Card

 

detail of 1888 Boston Team Trade Card

 

1894 Page Fence Giants Trade Card. This extremely rare trade card pictures the Page Fence Giants, an all-black team barnstorming team. Not only were blacks largely ostracized from white baseball, but the black society was generally poorer than the white. As such, cards and memorabilia of black or Negro League subjects baseball are difficult to find and quite expensive. This wonderful trade card is literally a museum piece. The white man in the middle is the manager.

Circa 1895 Trade Card of John Monte Ward. The picture used here is borrowed from one of the two Newsboy Cabinet cards of Ward. This is a photoengraved card, with the picture printed directly onto the thick pinkish cardboard. The Newsboys Cabinets have original photographs pasted to the cardboard. The back has a New York grocery story stamp on the back. Even though badly cut, this card sold for $340.

 

18) 1887-9 Baseball Currency

1889 Chicago White Sox featuring Mgr. Spalding (left) and Anson (right)

type: non-card coupons; print

availability: limited

popularity: average

These unusual advertising pieces were designed to look like currency. Measuring 3-3/8" X 7-3/4," each currency represents a National League team. The front of the currency shows the manager and the back players. The popularity of these items lies in the eye of the beholder. While hard to find and interesting, some card collectors shy away from non-card memorabilia.

 

 

19) 1888 Duke's Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135

'A Big Hit' Catch'

type: tobacco insert; lithograph

availability: below average

popularity: below average

This issue was produced by W. Duke & Sons Tobacco and inserted into packs of Honest Long Cut tobacco. The cards have appeal only as novelty items as specific players are not depicted. The player pictures on the left half were borrowed from the Buchner Gold Coin issue. As with trade cards this issue reveals many of the biases of 19th century America.

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135 'A Good Catch' and a box of Duke Cameo brand cigarettes (showing back and front)

 

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135 'Out'

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135 'Left Field'

 

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135 'A Home Run'

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond N135 'A Foul Catch'

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond 'A Good Throw'

1888 Duke Tobacco Talk of the Diamond 'A Lively Game'

 

 

 

 

20) 1888 N43 Allen & Ginter

Buck Ewing

type: tobacco insert; lithograph

availability: limited

popularity: popular

Though similar in style to the other Allen & Ginter issues this one is substantially larger (3-1/4" X2-7/8") and rarer. Probably inserted into larger tobacco packs the design looks like typically sized Allen & Ginter card laid against a background. The issue contains one star, Buck Ewing. Still, the common cards attract a high price and are probably worth it.

1888 N43 Allen & Ginter's Charles Getzin

 

1888 N43 Allen & Ginter's back of card

 

21) 1888 Yum Yum Tobacco

1888 Yum Yum Tobacco Pfeffer.

type: tobacco insert, 2 designs (photographic and line drawing)

availability: rare

popularity: popular

Measuring 1-3/8" X 2-3/4", these tobacco cards were made in Chicago and inserted into Yum Yum brand cigarettes and chewing tobacco. This is amongst the most sought after issues. The cards come with either a photograph or a line drawing. It is believed that the drawings on the Yum Yum cards are copies of the photographs from the popular Old Judge Set. The smaller G & B Gum cards are similar in style. New examples are uncovered periodically.

1888 Yum Yum Tobacco Mickey Welch. (1-3/8" X 2-3/4"). There are three Mickey Welch Yum Yum cards: the drawing above, drawing with hands clasped and photographed portrait. The portrait is the most expensive. A member of the Hall-of-Fame, Welch was the third pitcher to win 300 games.

1888 Yum Yum Tobacco Charles Getzin..

1888 Yum Yum Tobacco Tiernan

 

 

22) 1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets N173

type: tobacco premium, cabinet card

availability: average; Dog's Head versions rare

popularity: popular

These are the most attainable of the major cabinet card issues, both in price and availability. These large cards (4-1/4" X 6-1/2) are closely related to the N172 Old Judge inserts, using similar photographs. In fact, if you bought a pack of Old Judge cigarettes you might receive both an N172 card and a coupon. You could send in 35 of the coupons to receive a cabinet card. This says that the cabinets are substantially rarer than the insert cards, though the cabinets can still be found regularly. The large size and interesting studio pictures make them popular and they usually sell for around book price. The mount is usually yellowish, but can be blue, red, black, white and other colors. Strikingly colored mounts will no doubt receive a premium in price. The cards have an advertisement for Old Judge cigarettes. Though not as massive in number as the N172 inserts, there are around four hundred different cards including variations per player. New cards surface periodically.

A rare and expensive variation of these cards lists Dog's Head and Old Judge cigarettes on the front, as opposed to just Old Judge. These cards were obtained by buying Dog's Head cigarettes, apparently not a popular brand. The Dog's Head variation is worth around three times the price of and Old Judge Cabinet.

 

1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets (N173) Monte Ward A Hall-of-Famer, Ward was a multi-talented man. He was a great pitcher and batter, graduated with honors from Colombia Law School, managed the Giants and even formed the short-lived Players League.

 

1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets Jocko Milligan (N173)

 

1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets (N173) Doc Bushong.

 

1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets (N173) Buck Ewing with Mascot

 

1888-9 Old Judge Cabinets (N173) Cap Anson: Anson is the key player in this set. This particular card and other Cabinets were found in 1999 underneath the floorboard of an old house that was being remodeled.

 

1880s Advertisement for Old Judge Cigarettes: The back of this give details on how to send in coupons for the cabinets.

 

23) 1888 Allen & Ginter N29

Buck Ewing

type: tobacco insert; color lithograph

availability: average

popularity: popular

Another Allen & Ginter issue of fifty inserts includes only six baseball players. These cards are nearly identical in design to the earlier N28 except that 'Allen & Ginter' is not written on the front. While a bit more scarce these cards do not have N28's star power. The only player of note is Hall-of-Famer Buck Ewing.

 

1888 Allen & Ginter N29 George Miller .

1888 Allen & Ginter N29 John Morrell .

 

24) 1888 G & B Chewing Gum (E223)

Tim Keefe

type: candy insert; photographic and line drawings.

availability: limited

popularity: above average

This issue was sold with G & B Chewing Gum and is the first ever candy or gum issue. The cards are small, measuring 1" X 2-1/8". They are similar in design to the larger Yum Yum tobacco issue (N403) and many of the photographs appear to have been borrowed from that set. The player's name and position appear in capital letters below the photo, followed by either 'National League' or 'American League' (American Association). At the very bottom of the card is the manufacturer 'G&B, N.Y.'. The cards show either photograph portraits or line drawings. These are nearly 70 different cards in the set with many stars represented. Many players have two or more different variations.

 

25) 1888 Goodwin Champions N162

Mike 'King' Kelley (1-1/2 X 2-5/8")

type: tobacco insert; lithograph

availability: below average

popularity: popular

Many regard these cards as the most beautiful early baseball cards. They rival the Old Judge and Allen & Ginter issues in popularity. Produced by Goodwin & Co., they were inserted into packs of Old Judge and Gypsy Queen brand cigarettes. There were 50 cards in the set with just eight baseball players.

1888 Goodwin Champions N162 Sure Shot Dunlap (1-1/2 X 2-5/8") Fred Dunlop was a good hitter, but what set him apart was his fielding at second-base. His powerful and accurate arm give his nickname. Dunlap was lured to a short-lived rebel league, Union Association, and for the year was the highest paid player in baseball.

 

1888 Goodwin Champions N162 Back of Card

1888 Goodwin Champions N162 Bob Caruthers (1-1/2 X 2-5/8") Caruthers twice was a 40-game winner. He retired with a record of 218 wins and 97 losses, a fantastic won-lost percentage.

1888 Goodwin Champions N162 Cap Anson (1-1/2 X 2-5/8") Anson was one of the greatest and most popular stars of the nineteenth century. He played twenty seven years and was the first player to collect 3,000 hits. He even managed the Chicago Nationals to five pennants. The price tag on his card shows that he is still a favorite amongst collectors.

 

1888 Goodwin Champions N162 Dan Brouthers Brouthers was a big man (6' 2" and over 200 pounds) with a big swing. He twice lead the national league in home runs and retired with a life time .343 batting average and .520 slugging percentage. It is said that he invented the phrase 'Keep your eye on the ball.'

 

1888 Goodwin Champions Lot of 4 (clockwise from upper left): Charles Wood (jockey), Joe Action (wrestler), Captain Bogardus (marksman), Fitzgerald (pedestrian). A few of the non-baseball singles in the attractive set.

Goodwin Champions Buffalo Bill Cody

 

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