1888 NY Giants Sporting Times Cigar Trade Card 
Lot Number 819
Quantity: Bid Starts: 06/22/2008 16:00:00 
Bid Open: 500.00  Bid Ends: 07/10/2008 23:30:00 
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The offered Sporting Times Cigar trade card features the 1888 Champion New York Giants with all players identified at the bottom of the relic. This issue was based on a photograph by renowned nineteenth-century photographer Joseph Hall and features six Hall of Famers. Key players include Tim Keefe, John Ward, Mickey Welsh, manager Jim Mutrie, Buck Ewing, Roger Connor and Jim O'Rourke. This 7-1/2 by 4-1/2 trade card was intended to be a cigar box label. Approximately 20 to 30 examples of this card are known to exist, and all originate from a single find many years ago. All, including this example, have financial ledger notes on their reverses and a water stain in the lower right corner. The water stain on this example is relatively minor, making this one of the best of the find. With six HOFers, the 1888 NY Giants were among the best of the 19th-Century teams, and this VG-EX relic is worthy of review. 
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