Some of the baseball card hobby’s earliest ancestors populate this late-1800s collection of merchant trade cards. Featuring caricature art images, these cardboard great-grandfathers offer a humorous look at our national pastime, with: (4) from Boston, MA; and (5) from Lansing, MI. Originally employed to promote pre-industrial age commerce, these Victorian Era treasures show approximate VG to EX details with deference to somewhat irregular borders and light album residue on the reverses of the Boston group. Full list of card titles on our website.
The list of card titles is as follows:
Boston group: “A Fly”, “Foul”, “Muff”, “Twist”; reverse side merchant name is “Sanborn, Conant & Webber Wholesale Grocers”
Lansing group: (all gargling oil obverse) “Bravo! The Pet of Nine”, “The Hero of a Home Run”, “Hugging the Bat”, Struck Out”, “Put it There”; the reverse side merchant names are: “Ingersoll’s Goods, Clothing, Carpets” and “G.T. Davis Restaurant and Bakery” and “Tom Wescott Tailor”