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1888 Sporting Times New York Giants Cigar Card
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $2,232.50
Sporting Times cigar trade card featuring 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 nineteenth-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 thirty examples of this card are known, and all originate from a single find many years ago by legendary Americana dealer Rex Stark. All known examples, including the offered piece, have financial ledger notes on the reverse and a water stain in one corner. This card also displays two small areas of chipping (as is the case with most examples); one is located along the top border, while the other is in the lower left corner. While technically in low grade due to the chipping, the central image area is free of any defects and is Excellent to Mint in appearance. This is a fascinating card and arguably, because of the find of these many years ago, one of the great values of all nineteenth-century team and advertising cards. Dimensions: 7.25 x 4.25 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $2,232.50
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