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1888 Sporting Times New York Giants Cigar Card
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,998
Sporting Times cigar trade card featuring the 1888 Champion New York Giants. All nineteen players are identified along the bottom border. 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, and Jim O'Rourke. It is possible that this issue was actually intended to be a cigar-box label. Approximately thirty examples of this card are known, and all originate from a single find many years ago by legendary Americana dealer Rex Stark. All known examples, including the offered piece, have financial ledger notes on the reverse and water staining in one or more corners. The offered card displays a water stain in the upper left and lower right corners. Some examples have additional condition problems, including chipping and paper loss, flaws that this example does not have. While still technically in low grade, only one of the player images (Willard Brown) is even affected by the light staining and the remainder of the central image is free of any defects. This is a fascinating card and arguably, because of the find of these many years ago, one of the truly great values of all nineteenth-century team and advertising cards. Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,998
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