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1887 H891 Tobin Litho Trade Card Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Tobin Lithographers of New York issued this colorful set of ten baseball trade cards in 1887. Offered are five of the ten cards comprising this unusual nineteenth-century baseball issue: Cap Anson (Ex front, minor paper loss and very light hint of glue stain on reverse from being mounted in a scrapbook, ink stamp advertising for Drug Store also on reverse), Dan Brouthers (25/75 L/R, otherwise crisp, clean Ex-Mt), Ferguson (corner chip in the lower right, ink notations on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex), Tim Keefe (70/30 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex/Ex, sharp card), and Mike Kelly (Ex-Mt). Missing Andrews, Glasscock, Hines, McCormick, and Welch for completion. Each card features a caricature of a Major League baseball player with an amusing slogan and the player's name below. These cards were designed to allow merchants to overprint their own ads on the front, for use as an advertising vehicle. Of the five cards in this collection, two cards (Brouthers and Keefe) are without advertising, while the remaining three cards (Anson, Ferguson, and Kelly) each have a different advertising overprint. The King Kelly card, which advertises for Foster, Higgins & Co. Clothiers of Taunten, Mass., is particularly unusual as it also has an elaborate printed advertisement on the reverse. This is an impressive-looking group of these rare, unusual, and very attractive nineteenth-century cards. Total 5 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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