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Gigantic 1886 Allen & Ginter "Black Stocking Nine" Women's Baseball Cabinet Card

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,115

Extremely rare nineteenth-century large cabinet card featuring two women ballplayers posing in uniform, issued as a premium by the Allen & Ginter tobacco company. The cabinet is gigantic, much larger than a traditional cabinet card, measuring an astounding 7.5 x 13 inches, and features the advertisement for "Virginia Brights Cigarettes," a very early Allen & Ginter's cigarette brand. Dated 1886 (in the photo) the image is from the "Black Stocking Nine" series, which is identified by name on the mount along with advertising. This is only the second time we have ever seen these cards in this size. It is possible that these oversized cabinet cards were actually produced for store display. The traditional cream-colored mount is designed with gold trim along the beveled edges. The oversized cabinet has very minimal chipping in the bottom left corner, and some foxing (most easily seen on the blank reverse); it is otherwise in about Vg-Ex condition. This is a fascinating and extremely rare cabinet photo featuring women playing the game of baseball during the nineteenth century. These cabinet cards are somewhat modest in value compared to cabinets of Major Leaguers from this era, but are actually considerably rarer than most other pre-1900 baseball-related cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $2,115

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