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.

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

1887 ALLEN AND GINTER N28 CHARLES COMISKEY
$5.50

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

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter J.H. McLaughlin Wrestler VERY OLD RARE VINTAGE CARD
$299.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Young Bibby Geo. Mehling Wrestler VERY OLD VINTAGE CARD
$199.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Joe Acton Wrestler VERY OLD VINTAGE CARD
$119.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Theo Bauer Wrestler VERY OLD VINTAGE CARD
$189.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER WORLD'S CHAMPIONS CHARLES COMISKEY KSA NM-MT 8+
$19,995.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Tobacco John Clarkson NO Creases!
$999.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey (PSA 8) “1 of 3”; NONE Graded Higher"
$35,940.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Clarkson (PSA 8) “1 of 8”; Only 1 Graded Higher"
$10,460.00

1888 Allen & Ginter N28 John Montgomery Ward N.Y.Giants BVG Graded 4 VG- EX HOF
$1,200.00

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER JEM SMITH PUGILIST
$200.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Wm. SEXTON Billards EX+
$69.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter GEO. HOSMER Oarsman EXMT
$64.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter IKE WEIR Boxing Looks VGEX Paper Loss
$34.99
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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

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1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly King $10,000 SGC Graded 20 Fair 1.5 HOF RARE
$4,999.99

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John McMahon SGC 40 VG 3 TOUGH CARD
$75.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Buffalo Bill Cody SGC EX 5
$699.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter - John Montgomery Ward - SGC 40 -- HoF
$570.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter ALBERT HAMM Oarsmen SGC 50 VG EX 4
$49.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter YANK ADAMS Billiard Players SGC 50 VG EX 4
$49.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter THEO. BAUER Wrestler SGC 50 VG EX 4
$49.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER PROOF Jem Smith - Boxer SGC 'A' - Authentic RARE
$325.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter JOHN WARD HOF SGC 1
$499.99

1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER ADRIAN "CAP" ANSON SGC 70 EX 5.55
$2,799.00

1887 N28 Allen and Ginter Comiskey SGC 1 520128
$405.00

1887 N28 Allen and Ginter King Kelly SGC 1.5 526077
$755.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter #37 Joseph Mulvey SGC 1 D4
$285.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N 28 Young Bibby SGC VG 40
$99.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter YANK ADAMS Billiards SGC 4
$59.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter J L MALONE Billards SGC 2
$44.99
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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 Allen & Ginter N28 E.A. Trickett - Oarsmen - PSA EX 5
$75.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Geo. Bubear - Oarsmen - PSA EX 5
$75.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Wallace Ross - Oarsmen - PSA EX 5
$75.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Jimmy Carroll - Boxer Pugilists - PSA EX+ 5.5
$150.00

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Jimmy Carney - Boxer Pugilists - PSA EX-MT 6
$195.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Tobacco Tim Keefe NO Creases! PSA VG-EX 4
$989.99

1887 N28 A&G John Clarkson BASE PSA 0 (7917)
$380.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter J.H. McLaughlin Wrestler PSA GRADED FR 1.5
$387.87

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Theo Bauer Wrestler PSA GRADED PR 1
$387.87

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter William Sexton PSA 2 - Pool Billiards
$35.00

1887-88 N28 Mike "King" Kelly HOF PSA 5 GORGEOUS INVESTMENT *SCARCE POP 19
$2,495.00

1887 N28 Allen and Ginter Ward PSA Authentic 532605
$505.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Jack McAuliffe Pugilists PSA 1 572
$99.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Joe Acton Wrestler PSA 5 EX
$150.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe Baseball PSA 8 NM-MT
$9,230.00

1888 Allen & Ginter N28 Boxing - Jimmy Carney (HoF) - PSA 4 Vg Ex
$95.00
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User Reviews

  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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