Classic baseball advertising currency featuring the 1889 Chicago Nationals. Such currencies were issued for several teams by various merchants over a period of several years. The front of this advertising piece features a portrait of Chicago Nationals President A. G. Spalding, a full-length batting pose of Cap Anson, and advertising for Reading, Pennsylvania merchant "Heilman’s ‘Reform’ Shoes," purveyor of “Fine Footwear.” The reverse depicts portraits of twelve members of the 1889 Chicago Nationals, including Anson, Van Haltren, Burns, Ryan, Pfeffer, Daily, Baldwin, and Williamson. These advertising currencies are very thin and easily damaged. As such, the condition of most surviving examples reflects their age and delicate nature. The offered currency (7.75 x 3.5 inches) is in apparent Excellent condition, displaying just a few tiny edge tears. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 10 x 6 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.
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