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1887   N28   Allen & Ginter


Year(s) Published: 1887
Hobby Designation:   N28
Set Name: Allen & Ginter
Card Size (inches): 1-1/2 x 2-3/4
Number of Cards in Set: 10
Est. Value (common; VG): $250

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Set Summary
  • Produced in 1888 by Allen & Ginter Tobacco Co. of Richmond, VA
  • One of the very first (and most attractive) tobacco sets
  • First of 3 sets produced by A&G to include baseball players
  • Part of a 50-card set that includes wrestlers, pugilists, etc.
  • Card fronts feature torso-up portraits of players in uniform
  • Player's full name printed below image along with sponsor logo
  • Six of the 10 players in the set were later inducted into HOF
  • Backs list all 50 subjects grouped into seven sports categories
  • Set also features pugilists including John Sullivan and Jack Dempsey
  • Set also includes rifle shooters Annie Oakley and "Buffalo Bill" Cody
  • Card Album (A16) and very rare poster also produced
  • References:
    1) Charles (J.C.) Clarke, "A & G Premium Album A16: Showcase for all 50 N28 Cards," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #5 (Fall 2005, p. 24)

    2) "1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Champions: Some New Perspectives," Old Cardboard eMagazine, Issue #174 (June 2020), Item #5

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