1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

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The Allen & Ginter name has been brought back to the memory of modern collectors thanks to Topps' retro-styled issues beginning in 2006, but vintage collectors have long recognized it as one of the more important cigarette brands of the 1800s. 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball is one of the hobby's all-time classic sets.

The company used a large variety of subjects among their sets: flags, birds, actresses, World leaders, Indian chiefs, etc. Topps' recent issues have noted the diversity of those 19th century sets, recognizing that baseball was a very small part of the overall collecting canvas at the time.

Allen & Ginter's best-known set was issued in 1887 under the "World's Champions" tagline and featured 50 athletes from several different sports. The fronts feature a brightly-colored lithograph painting that blends into the white border around it. Some cards feature an added image related to the sport represented, but none of the baseball players have that. Below the picture are a name, an advertisement for Allen & Ginter and a note of the company's home city of Richmond, Virginia. The backs feature a checklist, with all 50 athletes listed with their respective sports.

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball John Clarkson front 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball John Clarkson back

Only ten cards feature baseball players, and six of those are Hall of Famers. That makes the set attractive to collectors, but many don't consider picking up the non-baseball subjects as well. Those non-baseball cards do have some added value, since they sometimes feature personalities that are legendary in American history, such as sharpshooter Annie Oakley, showman Wild Bill Cody and boxer John L. Sullivan.

The full set features baseball players, pugilists (we now call them boxers), wrestlers, oarsmen, rifle shooters, billiards and pool players. The company also offered the same 50 images found in the set as a premium album in exchange for coupons.

Top eBay Listings

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Bennett BVG 2 GD (PWCC)
$149.50

JACOB GAUDAUR OARSMEN 1887 ALLEN & GINTER WORLD'S CHAMPIONS N28 GOOD
$36.88

Jem Smith 1887 N-28 Allen Ginters Cigarette Boxing Card Puglish Boxer rare
$59.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER BASEBALL SET (-1) 273688
$7,300.00

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER JEM SMITH PUGILIST
$200.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 Robert L Caruthers BVG 3.5 ONLY 2 HIGHER BV $275 Card#3
$274.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Joe Acton Wrestler VERY OLD VINTAGE Blank back
$129.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Jake Kilrain Wrestler VERY OLD VINTAGE peel on the back
$149.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER JOE ACTON WRESTLING EX
$40.00

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER YOUNG BIBBY WRESTLING VG EX+
$35.00

1887 A&G N28 WORLD'S CHAMPIONS - Jimmy Carroll
$150.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Miss Annie Oakley Rifle Shooter, no creases! ORIGINAL.
$169.00

N28 ALLEN AND GINTER 1888 TOBACCO CARD CHARLIE MITCHELL
$34.99

1887 N28 McAuliffe Fair-Good 484559
$35.00

1887 Allen Ginter N28 Complete SET Lot Cap Anson Mike Kelly
$7,499.99

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Jack McAuliffe RARE HALL OF FAMER
$499.99
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Key Cards

Key 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

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Adrian Cap Anson

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Adrian Cap Anson

John Clarkson

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball John Clarkson

Timothy Keefe

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Timothy Keefe

Charles Comiskey

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Charles Comiskey

Mike Kelly

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Mike Kelly

Top eBay Listings

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike King Kelly SGC 60 5 Ex
$2,499.99

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 JIMMY CARROLL, SGC 20, FAIR, 1.5 - PUGILIST (BOXER)
$75.00

1887 Allen & Ginter CHARLES COMISKEY N28 ... GRADED SGC 50 (4)
$406.11

1887 N28 Joseph Mulvey Allen & Ginter's Cigarettes SGC 50 VG EX 4
$150.00

Capt. Jack Glasscock 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter SGC 10
$78.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Joseph Mulvey Baseball SGC 20 1.5 Presents Better
$299.99

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 MATSADA SORAKICHI SGC A
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 WM. MULDOON SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 GEO. BUBEAR SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 JEM SMITH SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 JOHN MCMAHON SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 WALLACE ROSS SGC A
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 IKE WEIR SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 IKE WEIR SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 JACOB GAUDAUR SGC 1
$85.00

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 J. SCHAFER SGC 1
$85.00
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Set Checklist

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Card Checklist

The cards are listed below in alphabetical order by last name and grouped by the specific sport.
Baseball
Adrian C. Anson
Chas. W. Bennett
R.L. Caruthers
John Clarkson
Charles Comiskey
Capt. Jack Glasscock
Timothy Keefe
Mike Kelly
Joseph Mulvey
John M. Ward
Billiards
Yank Adams
Maurice Daly
Jos. Dion
J. Schaefer
Wm. Sexton
Geo. F. Slosson
M. Vignaux
Oarsman
Wm. Beach
Geo. Bubear
Jacob Gaudaur
Albert Hamm
Ed. Hanlan
Geo. H. Hosmer
John McKay
Wallace Ross
John Teemer
E.A. Trickett
Pool Player
Albert Frey
J.L. Malone
Pugilists
Jimmy Carney
Jimmy Carroll
Jack Dempsey
Jake Kilrain
Joe Lannon
Jack McAuliffe
Charlie Mitchell
Jem Smith
John L. Sullivan
Ike Weir
Rifle Shooter
Capt. A.H. Bogardus
Dr. W.F. Carver
Hon. W.F. Cody
Miss Annie Oakley
Wrestler
Joe Acton
Theo. Bauer
Young Bibby (Goe. Mehling)
J.H. McLaughlin
John McMahon
Wm. Muldoon
Matsada Sorakichi
1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Card
Top eBay Listings

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JACOB GAUDAUR Oarsman PSA 3
$39.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER MIKE KING KELLY PSA 7 NM BOSTON HOF BASEBALL CARD!
$9,999.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter William Sexton PSA 2 - Pool Billiards
$40.00

1887 N28 Allen Ginter #13 Jack Dempsey PSA 6 EX-MT
$232.50

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Jimmy Carney Pugilists PSA 1.5 Fair 30311
$38.25

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER JOHN L. SULLIVAN PSA-4 VG-EX
$445.50

1888 N28 Allen Ginter Jack Dempsey PSA Graded 2.5
$275.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Teemer Oarsmen PSA VG 3
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 E.A. Trickett - Oarsmen - PSA VG-EX 4
$53.95

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter GEO H. HOSMER OARSMEN PSA EX+ 5.5
$89.95

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey PSA VG-EX+ 4.5 ST8
$1,900.00

1887 N28 MATSADA SORAKICHI PSA 6 Allen & Ginter WRESTLER
$235.00

1887 N28 YOUNG BIBBY PSA 7 Allen & Ginter WRESTLER
$365.00

1887 N28 JIMMY CARROLL PSA 7 Allen & Ginter Boxer Pugilists BOXING
$365.00

1887 N28 IKE WEIR PSA 6 Allen & Ginter Boxer Pugilists BOXING
$235.00

1887 N28 JOE LANNON PSA 6 Allen & Ginter Boxer Pugilists BOXING
$235.00
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  1. My pick for the best looking tobacco era trading card set of all-time. Content wise it has a little bit for everyone, and its almost all good.

    And thanks to Topps breathing life back into the brand, a whole new generation of collectors now know about and appreciate this iconic set.

  2. While they don’t have the appeal of the baseball cards in this set the other cards are definitely interesting and are relatively affordable for 100+ year old cards.

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