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1887   H804-21   Major League Player Series

(shown at approximately 90% of actual size)
Year(s) Published: 1887
Hobby Designation:   H804-21
Set Name: Major League Player Series
Card Size (inches): 3-3/8 x 5-1/8
Number of Cards in Set: 10
Est. Value (common; VG): $140

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Set Summary
  • Colorful set of ten trade cards produced in 1887
  • Designated in hobby as set H804-21
  • Considered the "Cadillac of Baseball Trade Cards"
  • Each card names actual baseball player of the period
  • Player's team in upper left corner of card
  • Only National League teams represented
  • "56" in lower left corner; "Tobin NY" in lower right
  • References:
    1) Frank Keetz, "Baseball Advertising Trade Cards," Third Edition (2011), p. 50-52
    2) Old Cardboard Staff, "1887 H804-21 Tobin Lithographs: The 'Cadillac' of BB Trade Cards," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #19 (Spring 2009), p. 36-38
    3) "Ad Confirms Date of Popular Trade Card Set," Old Cardboard Magazine (Editor's Notebook), Issue #22 (Spring 2010, p.8)
    4) Frank Keetz, "The Stars Behind the 'Cadillac' Trade Card Set," Old Cardboard eMagazine, Issue #169, (March 2019), Item #3

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