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1888   H814   Presidential Baseball Club (Large)


(shown at approximately 55 percent of actual size)

Year(s) Published: 1888
Hobby Designation:   H814
Set Name: Pres. BB Club--Large Cabinet
Card Size (inches): 6-3/4 x 11
Number of Cards in Set: ?
Est. Value (common; VG): $4000

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Set Summary
  • Oversize cabinet premium produced by Duke Tobacco
  • Enlarged version of N154 series--also produced by Duke
  • Rarest baseball-related "set" in the American Card Catalog (ACC)
  • Labeled in the ACC as set H814 "Presidential Baseball Club"
  • Only a single example from the set (see above) is known to hobby today
  • Features contenders from both parties in 1888 presidential race
  • Republican candidate was Benjamin Harrison (batting; won election)
  • Democrat's candidate was Grover Cleveland (catching)
  • Candidate's heads on female baseball player bodies
  • Black mount; Duke's Preferred Stock cigarettes ad at bottom
  • References:
    1) Glenn Mechanick, "1888 N154 'Presidential B. B. Club:' Mixing Politics and Vintage Cards," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #17 (Fall, 2008, p. 13-18)

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