1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

1888 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 recognized cigarette brands of the 1800s. 1888 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 1888 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.

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.

Key 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards:

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1887 N28 Allen & Ginter TIM KEEFE HOF SGC 60 5
$1,179.00
1308568068584040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CAP ANSON HOF Chicago PSA 1
$1,999.99
2313324079444040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter - R.L. Caruthers - SGC 50 -- (mikedenero)
$310.00
1310012483254040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CHARLES COMISKEY PSA Authentic
$349.99
1913272059924040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON HOF PSA 5.5
$1,499.00
1309373377794040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter ADRIAN CAP ANSON HOF Chicago SGC 1 (025)
$1,499.99
1309373397054040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON Boston SGC 2.5
$574.99
1514105829944040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter n28 Joseph Mulvey SGC
$129.95
1514115171794040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Vignaux Billiards Player PSA 4 (mk) Sharp Lithograph!
$64.00
2215494163294040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Mike Kelly PSA 4 HOF
$1,000.00
1114644111004040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Captain Jack Glasscock - PSA 6 (MK) EX-MT
$395.00
1412052600164040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CHAS. W. BENNETT - Detroit - SGC 60 5
$595.00
1211902292124040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Mike Kelly GAI 8.5 NM-MT+
$6,750.00
1212708828694040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Buffalo Bill Cody SGC EX 5
$699.99
1211425457684040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON Boston SGC 1
$399.99
1809981948444040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly King $10,000 SGC Graded 20 Fair 1.5 HOF RARE
$3,749.99
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Set Checklist

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball Card Checklist

Joe Acton - Wrestler
Yank Adams - Billiards
Adrian C. Anson - Baseball
Theo. Bauer - Wrestler
Wm. Beach - Oarsman
Chas. W. Bennett - Baseball
Young Bibby (Goe. Mehling) - Wrestler
Capt. A.H. Bogardus - Rifle Shooter
Geo. Bubear - Oarsman
Jimmy Carney - Pugilist
Jimmy Carroll - Pugilist
R.L. Caruthers - Baseball
Dr. W.F. Carver - Rifle Shooter
John Clarkson - Baseball
Hon. W.F. Cody - Rifle Shooter
Charles Comiskey - Baseball
Maurice Daly - Billiards
Jack Dempsey - Pugilist
Jos. Dion - Billiards
Albert Frey - Pool Player
Jacob Gaudaur - Oarsman
Capt. Jack Glasscock - Baseball
Albert Hamm - Oarsman
Ed. Hanlan - Oarsman
Geo. H. Hosmer - Oarsman
Timothy Keefe - Baseball
Mike Kelly - Baseball
Jake Kilrain - Pugilist
Joe Lannon - Pugilist
J.L. Malone - Pool Player
Jack McAuliffe - Pugilist
John McKay - Oarsman
J.H. McLaughlin - Wrestler
John McMahon - Wrestler
Charlie Mitchell - Pugilist
Wm. Muldoon - Wrestler
Joseph Mulvey - Baseball
Miss Annie Oakley - Sharp Shooter
Wallace Ross - Oarsman
J. Schaefer - Billiards
Wm. Sexton - Billiards
Geo. F. Slosson - Billiards
Jem Smith - Pugilist
Matsada Sorakichi - Wrestler
John L. Sullivan - Pugilist
John Teemer - Oarsman
E.A. Trickett - Oarsman
M. Vignaux - Billiards
John M. Ward - Baseball
Ike Weir - Pugilist
N28 Allen Ginter Jack Glasscock Image

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1414013138354040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter TIM KEEFE HOF SGC 60 5
$1,179.00
1308568068584040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CAP ANSON HOF Chicago PSA 1
$1,999.99
2313324079444040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter - R.L. Caruthers - SGC 50 -- (mikedenero)
$310.00
1310012483254040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CHARLES COMISKEY PSA Authentic
$349.99
1913272059924040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON HOF PSA 5.5
$1,499.00
1309373377794040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter ADRIAN CAP ANSON HOF Chicago SGC 1 (025)
$1,499.99
1309373397054040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON Boston SGC 2.5
$574.99
1514105829944040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter n28 Joseph Mulvey SGC
$129.95
1514115171794040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Vignaux Billiards Player PSA 4 (mk) Sharp Lithograph!
$64.00
2215494163294040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Mike Kelly PSA 4 HOF
$1,000.00
1114644111004040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Captain Jack Glasscock - PSA 6 (MK) EX-MT
$395.00
1412052600164040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter CHAS. W. BENNETT - Detroit - SGC 60 5
$595.00
1211902292124040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Mike Kelly GAI 8.5 NM-MT+
$6,750.00
1212708828694040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Buffalo Bill Cody SGC EX 5
$699.99
1211425457684040 1 Image
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN CLARKSON Boston SGC 1
$399.99
1809981948444040 1 Image
1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly King $10,000 SGC Graded 20 Fair 1.5 HOF RARE
$3,749.99
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