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 Allen & Ginter N28 Cap Anson Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Cap Anson Canvas Art (12x24)
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Cap Anson Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Charles Comiskey Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Charles Comiskey Canvas Art (12x24)
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Charles Comiskey Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Clarkson Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Clarkson Canvas Art (12x24)
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Clarkson Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly Canvas Art (12x24)
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 Mike Kelly Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Ward Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Ward Canvas Art (12x24)
$44.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 John Ward Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 William Ewing Canvas Art (12x24)
$35.95
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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 Adrian Cap Anson HOF SGC 20 1.5
$930.68

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Puglists Boxing Card Boxer Jimmy Carney SGC 10 PR
$35.99

1887 Allen & Ginter N28 JOHN WARD New York Giants SGC 1.5
$499.99

1887-1888 N28 Allen & Ginter George H Hosmer SGC 50 VG EX 4
$99.00

1887-1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Jimmy Carney SGC 60 Ex 5
$109.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Keefe SGC 1 553626
$307.00

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

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter TIMOTHY KEEFE SGC A
$449.99

1887 ALLEN & GINTER N28 CHARLES BENNETT SGC VG-EX
$695.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Joseph Mulvey SGC 1 - POOR G4147
$200.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Bennett SGC FAIR G7149
$325.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Jack Glasscock SGC VG+ G7147
$510.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles W. "Charlie" Bennett SGC A AUTHENTIC, Skinned
$175.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Joseph Mulvey SGC 30 !!!!
$319.20

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter R.L. Caruthers SGC 30 !!!!
$359.20

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charlie Mitchell SGC 55 VG EX+ #1375867-010
$124.99
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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

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Joseph Dion BILLIARD PLAYERS PSA 5 EX (PWCC)
$20.50

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Pugilists Jimmy Carney PSA 3 (VG)
$60.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Ward PSA Authentic 532605
$507.00

1887 N28 Dempsey PSA 1 555540
$82.00

JOHN M. WARD 1887 N28 ALLEN & GINTER - PSA 5 EX - HOF NEW YORK GIANTS
$895.00

1887-1888 N28 ALLEN & GINTER'S THE WORLDS CHAMPIONS PUGILISTS JEM SMITH PSA 5 EX
$109.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Albert Frey PSA 6.5 EX Mint ++ 1 of 1 Billiards Pool
$285.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Young Bibby PSA 4 Wrestling
$175.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Jimmy Carroll PSA 4 Boxing
$175.00

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Teemer PSA 6 Oarsmen
$225.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter R,L. (Bob) Caruthers PSA 6 EX-MT, New Buy It Nows Daily
$595.00

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter M. Vignaux PSA 2 WH***
$150.00

1887 N28 A&G Jack Glasscock BASE PSA 2 (7236)
$680.00

George Bubear Oarsmen 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter #22 PSA 4 $30
$30.00

1887 87 JACK MCAULIFFE N28 ALLEN & GINTER ORIGINAL PUGLISTS PSA 1
$99.99

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Yank Adams Billiard Players PSA 5 !!
$79.99
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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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