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1888 Sporting Times New York Giants Cigar Card
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00
Rare Sporting Times Cigar trade card features the 1888 Champion New York Giants. All players are identified below. The production of this unique "one-card set" was based on a photograph by renowned nineteenth-century photographer Joseph Hall. The design, not surprisingly, is reminiscent of Joseph Hall photographic team cabinets of the era, with all players identified below. Included are Tim Keefe, John Ward, Mickey Welsh, manager Jim Mutrie, Buck Ewing, Roger Connor, Jim O'Rourke, etc. It is possible that this issue was actually intended to be a cigar box label. Approximately twenty to thirty examples of this card are known, and all originate from a single find many years ago by legendary Americana dealer Rex Stark. All, including this example, have financial ledger notes on their reverses and a water stain in one corner. The card also displays a slightly rough bottom border including some chipping in the lower right, flaws also common to many examples from the find. The central image area remains relatively free of any major defects and presents an Excellent overall appearance. Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $812.00
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