Helmar Brewing Company Art Cards: Modern Collector-Issue Classics.
Collection of 40 different cabinet-style cards (3 x 5 inches) issued by the Helmar Brewing Company. According to the company's website, this issue, which features advertising for Polar Night tobacco on the reverse of each card, revisits the glory of 19th century design. In keeping with that artistic spirit, the set features 19th century ballplayers. In our listing, we have grouped the cards according to teams. The collection is composed of the following: Boston (17)
Bergen, J. Collins (HOF), Conway, Criger, Duffy (HOF), Johnston, Madden, Morrill, Nash, Nichols (HOF), O'Rourke (HOF), Richardson, Sowders, Stemmeyer, Tate, Wheelock, and Wise. Chicago (13)
Baldwin, Burns, Clarkson (HOF), Daly, Darling, Duffy (HOF), Ryan, SIlver, Sullivan, Sunday, Van Haltren, Williamson, and Williamson/Hahn (Mascot). Columbus (1)
M. Lehane. Detroit (1)
Bennett. Louisville (2)
Browning and Tomney. Minneapolis (1)
S. Daly. Philadelphia Giants (1)
"Home Run" Johnson. Pittsburgh (1)
Beckley (HOF). St. Louis (2)
Comiskey (HOF) and Latham. Western League (1)
Ban Johnson (HOF). Like all of the Helmar issues, these cards were intentionally produced with a distressed look, with most having rounded corners and rubbed edges. Near Mint condition overall. Total: 40 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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