Turn of the Century baseball receives humorous treatment in this hoard of (161) late 1800s-early 1900s “girl and caricatures” post/trade cards. Headlining this lot are: (4) c.1890 Venable Tobacco “Girls Baseball Scenes” (avg. GD-VG); (44) 1880s trade cards (avg. VG) with: (7) African-American, (12) Gies & Co., (12) Tobin, (2) Ramsdell, (11) unidentified including (5) larger format pieces. Also present are (113) 1890s-1920s post cards (avg. VG-EX) with: (48) sepia-toned “adult humor”; (24) children; (4) Cupid; (3) African-American; (29) assorted. More on our website.
This lot also includes (9) multi-sports items with: (2) football trade cards; (2) football post cards; (3) golf post cards; (1) tennis post card; (1) horse racing post card.
Approximately 10% of the included items have album adhesive residue on the reverse.
(3) Of the Venable cards have “Smoke and Chew” backs, (1) has a “Smoke” back with an “Ideal” label adhered at center. These Venable cards feature lovely ladies clad in Victorian Era attire posed in baseball scenes. Their card stock is heavy and has solid feel, the obverses show vivid colors and in general these early tobacco issues present far better than the assigned technical grade.
(25) of the store cards have advertising/business addresses on the reverse and (19) are blank backed. (7) of the Gies caricature store cards have caption tabs at bottom, the other (5) have been hand cut to image area only.
(54) Of the baseball and the (3) of the other sport post cards are unused, all others are filled out and bear postmarks/period issued postage stamps.