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1887 H891 Tobin Litho Trade Card Collection of 8

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,955.00

Tobin Lithographers of New York issued this colorful set of ten baseball trade cards in 1887. Offered are 8 of the 10 cards comprising this unusual nineteenth-century baseball issue. Included are Andrews, Dan Brouthers, Ferguson, Hines, Tim Keefe, Mike Kelly, McCormick, and Smiling Mickey Welch (missing only Anson and Glasscock for completion). 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. Cards from this series are often found without any advertising, as is the case with this collection of eight cards. There is minor paper loss to the blank backs of each card, where they were long ago glued into an album, and two strips of clear tape are affixed to the reverse of all but two cards (Welch and Brouthers). The reverse imperfections are very minor, and the backs are otherwise remarkably clean. The fronts are solid Ex-Mt. A very impressive looking near set of this very unusual and attractive nineteenth-century issue. Total 8 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,955.00

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