1880s H804-5 “Black Player Series” Comic Baseball Trade Card Complete SGC-Graded Set (4)

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 73

Item Year: 1887

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

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Extremely attractive complete set of H804-5 “Black Player Series” comic trade cards. This set of four cards issued in the 1880s is colorfully illustrated with drawings of various baseball scenes featuring black players and a short phrase at the top. The set is of special significance as it is among the earliest of all baseball-related card sets. These cards were designed to allow merchants to overprint their own ads on the front or blank backs, for use as an advertising vehicle. Two of the cards have advertising overprints on the front and three have full printed advertisements on the reverse. Each card has been graded by SGC and, as can easily be seen, presents much better than the assigned grade. The set consists of the following: A Point in Dispute (FAIR 20), Foul Ball (GOOD 30), Home Run (POOR 10), and Out!-On A Fly (FAIR 20). This is a very attractive and rarely-offered complete set of these early baseball trade cards. Total: 4 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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