1888 Sporting Times New York Giants Cigar Card

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 97

Item Year: 1888

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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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, water staining, and in most cases chipping in one or more corners. The offered card displays the normal water stain and chipping in the lower right corner. While still technically in low grade, only one of the player images (Willard Brown) is even affected by the 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. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $940

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