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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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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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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
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Chris is an avid vintage sports card collector who is The Cardboard Connection's resident expert of all things vintage.

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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