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1888 Sporting Times New York Giants Cigar Card
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
Rare Sporting Times Cigar trade card features the 1888 Champion New York Giants. All players are identified below. The production of this unique "one card set" was based on a photograph by renowned ninteenth-century photographer Joseph Hall. The design, not surprisingly, is reminiscent of Joseph Hall photographic team cabinets of the era, with all players identified below. Included are Tim Keefe, John Ward, Mickey Welsh, manager Jim Mutrie, Buck Ewing, Roger Connor, Jim O'Rourke, etc. It is possible that this issue was actually intended to be a cigar box label. Approximately 20 to 30 examples of this card are known, and all originate from a single find many years ago by legendary Americana dealer Rex Stark. All, including this example, have financial ledger notes on their reverses and a water stain in one corner. The water stain on this example is relatively minor, making this one of the best of the find. Aside from the minor water staining in the upper left corner and financial ledger notes on reverse, the card is in Excellent condition. Dimensions: 7.25 x 4.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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