1887 H891 Tobin Litho Trade Card Complete SGC-Graded Set (10)

Sold For: $1,998

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 40

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Tobin Lithographers of New York issued this colorful set of ten baseball trade cards in 1887. Offered is a complete set of this unusual nineteenth-century baseball issue, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC. Most of these trade cards have been very harshly graded due to modest back damage (which comes with the territory with nineteenth-century trade cards) and have a much stronger appearance than the SGC-assigned grades. This is a beautiful set! The set consists of the following cards: Andrews (SGC Auth; no left border), Cap Anson (FAIR 20; Vg appearance from the front, downgraded for back damage), Dan Brouthers (VG 40; light stain on the back), Ferguson (FAIR 20), Glasscock (GOOD 30), Hines (VG/EX 50), Tim Keefe (POOR 10; miscut along the top and no bottom border), Mike Kelly (POOR 10; light glue residue on the front and back damage), McCormick (VG 40), and Smiling Mickey Welch (FAIR 20; paper loss and glue stains on the back). Each card features a caricature of a Major League baseball player with an amusing slogan and the player's name below. These cards were designed to allow merchants to overprint their own ads on the front or blank backs, for use as an advertising vehicle. Of the ten cards in this set, six cards (Andrews, Brouthers, Ferguson, Hines, Keefe, and McCormick) are without advertising, while the remaining four cards (Anson, Glasscock, Kelly, and Welch) each have different advertising on their reverses. This is a very impressive looking low-grade set of this very rare, distinctive, and attractive nineteenth-century issue. Total: 10 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,998

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