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Nineteenth Century Baseball Comic Trade Card Collection (67)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,955.00

In the 1880's merchants printed their names and addresses on colorfully illustrated cards to distribute as store advertisements. This collection of 65 assorted trade cards all have a baseball theme, and all feature colorful images of comical characters playing the game. Included are children, babies, and a variety of caricature ballplayers enjoying the national pastime. Printed on the cards are advertisements for sporting goods dealers, clothiers, gargling oil, grocers, and various other products and services. Almost all measure approximately 5 ½ x 4 inches or a little smaller, with the exception of five particularly impressive larger cards (4 x 7 inches.) Also included are two Goodwin & Company mechanical folding trade cards, which advertise the N172 Old Judges. An attractive and carefully selected representative collection of these fascinating nineteenth century cards. As is often the case with early trade cards, a few have minor back damage, overall the condition ranges from Good to Excellent (averaging Vg.) Nice looking collection of these scarce cards which represent such an outstanding value for collectors, and which would be difficult, and far more costly, to assemble one card at a time. Total 67 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,955.00

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