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1870 New York Mutuals Peck Snyder Advertising Trade Card
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $8,813
This rare trade card is one of the earliest of all baseball cards. The studio photograph pictures the New York Mutuals, one of the most prominent teams of the era, posing together in uniform. This is one of a series of extremely rare trade cards issued by Peck & Snyder, featuring photographs of teams on the front and advertising for Peck & Snyder Sporting Goods Emporium (126 Nassau Street, New York) on the reverse. Team cards issued between approximately 1868 and 1870 and advertising for Peck & Snyder are known for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the Brooklyn Atlantics, the Philadelphia Athletics, the Chicago White Stockings, and the New York Mutuals. Fewer than five examples of the Mutuals are known to exist. The Mutuals, also known as the Green Stockings, were financed by "Boss" Tweed of Tammany Hall fame, and were well known as one of the most corrupt baseball teams of the nineteenth century. It has been said that the final results of more of their losses had been fixed by gamblers than not. This team was symbolic of the epidemic of corruption at the highest level of play throughout much of the 1860s. The players on the Mutuals were, however, extremely accomplished, and could give any team in America a run for its money. If they wanted to. The Mutuals were New York's strongest team of the late 1860s. The club, along with several other NABBP clubs, openly turned professional during 1869-1870, and played in the first professional league, the National Association, for its duration of 1871 to 1875. The photograph on the mount is in Excellent condition with exceptional contrast. The card has been trimmed along the base of the mount to its current dimensions of 2-1/2" x 4-5/8" (cutting off the bottom row of printed player's names, but leaving the printed names of the top row of players including star player Dave Eggler). There are no creases. The advertising on the back is bright and crisp and printed in green. We believe that Peck & Snyder's use of green ink for printing on the front and back was intentional and in tribute to the team's formal name (The Green Stockings). Aside from the trim to the bottom border of the mount, this trade card is in very strong condition, and, most important, has a virtually flawless photographic image of the Mutuals that is in Near Mint condition. This is an extremely significant and desirable example of this great rarity, which we consider to be among the most significant and rarest of all early baseball cards. Bright and very clean, both front and back; without reference to the trim, the card has an exceptional Very Good to Excellent overall appearance. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $8,813
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