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Lot # 717 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary Nineteenth-Century Baseball Trade Card Collection (236)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $11,020.00

Tremendous collection of 236 nineteenth-century baseball trade cards. This is the finest collection of early trade cards we have ever offered. This collection includes many significant highlights and dozens of significant rarities (including nine Tobins). Victorian-era baseball trade cards have long flown under the radar of most baseball collectors. This is in part because (with the exception of the Tobin series) they are generic, and also in part due to the lack of widely distributed printed reference materials about these rare, early advertising cards. While literally millions of trade cards featuring all topics were produced and distributed during the late 1800s, only a small percentage featured baseball images or themes. For that reason, baseball trade cards are very scarce. The assemblage of this collection was a labor of love for our consignor. This collection took over twenty years to put together. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate. It should be noted that this offering represents the crème de la crème of his collection and includes the finest examples he had for each. Of the offered cards, 170 belong to known sets, with the remainder (66 cards) representing either titled or untitled cards (many of which are cataloged). Twenty-two of the cards are duplicates in the sense that they display the same image but feature either different advertising or represent a slight print variation. The various sets represented here (referred to by the catalog numbers originated by Burdick and then later added to by Frank Keetz in his definitive book Baseball Advertising Trade Cards, 1997) are: H804-1A, "Baby Talk Series" (complete set of nine); H804-1B, "Baby Talk Series" (near complete set - eight of nine); H804-1C, "Baby Talk Series" (one of four); H804-2A, "Vertical Brownie Series" (complete set of five); H804-3, "Buffords Series" (complete set of four); H804-4, "Capadura Cigar Series" (complete set of five); H804-5A, "Black Player Series" (complete set of four); H804-5B, "Black Player Series" (near complete set - three of four); H804-5C, "Black Player Series" (one of two); H804-6 "Forbes Co. Series" (complete set of six); H804-7A, H804-7b, and H804-7C, "Merchant's Gargling Oil Series" (complete set of five for each issue); H804-8A, "Sporting Life Series" (three of eight); H804-8B, "Sporting Life Series" (complete set of eight); H804-10, "Corner Clefs Series" (complete set of eight); H804-11, "Circled Position Series (complete set of 9); H804-12,"Young Boy Series" (two of four); "H804-13, "Old Style-New Style Series" (one of six); H804-14, "Big White Shoes Series" (complete set of nine); H804-15, "Red Border Position Series" (complete set of ten); H804-16, "Forbes Injury Series" (complete set of six); H804-17, "Bluish-Green Series" (complete set of nine); H804-18, "Red Socks Series" (one of four); H804-20, "Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. Series" (one of two); H804-21, "Tobin Major League Players Series" (near-complete set - eight of ten - missing Ferguson and McCormick); H804-22, "Tobin Major League Players Series" (b/w issue, one of ten, Smiling Mickey Welch); H804-24, "Ball Series" (complete set of four); H804-26, "Large Card Series" (complete set of four); H804-27, "Twelvetrees Series" (four of nine); H804-31, "Small Card Series" (three of eight); H804-32, "9 No Period Series" (three of eight); H804-33, "Gold Medal Coffee Series" (three of eight); H804-34, "Pink and Blue Series" (two of three); H804-36, "W.D. Series" (one of four); and H804-38, "An Accurate Barometer Series" (complete set of two). Single card examples include "Be Foxy and Smoke Lillian Russell Cigar," "Casey at the Bat," "Dark Town Base-Ball Bank" (sepia tone variety), "Spring and Summer Fashions" (1882 Vogel Brothers, two examples), "Great Base Ball Contest Nightly at the Hi Henry's Premium Minstrels," and a number of scarce untitled cards. The cards (3 x 5 inches on average) range in grade from Gd to Ex, with the majority falling in the category of Vg or Vg-Ex. Approximately eighteen cards have been slightly to moderately trimmed. A listing of all the catalog sets (and number of cards in each) offered in this lot is available by request (in spreadsheet form) and many more images can be found on our web site. Total: 236 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $11,020.00


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