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1886 Lorillard's Detroit League Team Card

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800

Rare and extremely desirable Lorillard's Tobacco advertising trade card featuring full-color portraits of the Detroit Wolverines of the National League, including Hall of Famers Dan Brouthers, Ned Hanlon, "Big Sam" Thompson, and Deacon White. Each of the eleven team members appears in a small circle with his name and position alongside, and the images are surrounding a baseball diamond and advertising for Lorillard's Splendid Plug Tobacco. The trade card was designed to advertise the team's official schedule for the 1886 season on the reverse, along with additional advertising for Lorillard's "Splendid" brand tobacco. Graded FAIR 20 by SGC (submitted by REA), the card features crisp images, flawless registration, moderate creasing, and minor wear to the corners. Detroit is one of four different teams known in this rare set. (The others are Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, two of which are also available in this auction.) This is a very attractive example of this extremely rare and substantial nineteenth-century tobacco-card set which would be an outstanding addition to any Detroit Wolverines, Hall of Fame, or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,800

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