Vintage Sports Report

This week, our Vintage Sports Report goes way back for a look at some valuable sets from well before even some of the Whiz Kids parents were born.

Hi everyone. Well, we were spared the wrath of Dean here in Florida. Now, we're just keeping a watch out for other storms. Hope this week finds everyone well.

This week we will be looking at the 1904 Allegheny Card Company set, the rarest card issue of the early 20th century. It's a baseball game set featuring only National League players. It contains 104 player cards and a ball counter card for each team. The cards are 2 ½" x 3 ½" with rounded corners. The backs are printed in red with baseball equipment pictured. The front of the cards are printed in blue with a circular player portrait. It was discovered in 1980 and sold at auction in 1991 bringing $26,400 for the complete set. In 1995, the card set was broken up and sold individually.

The Phillies are as follows: Kitty Bransfield, Don Casey, Mike Donlin, Red Dooin, Clondike Douglas, Kid Gleason, Pat Moran and Roy Thomas, all valued at $1,500. The Philadelphia ball counter is valued at $165.

Since the issue of Topps Allen and Ginter, it's only right to go over the original set.

There are very few Philly players but I can tell you about the original set. The first set is the 1888 Allen and Ginter, World's Champions (N28). This 50 card set includes 10 baseball players and 40 other sports personalities such as John L Sullivan (boxer) and Buffalo Bill Cody. They are 1 ½" x 2 ¾" and were inserted in boxes of Allen and Ginter Cigarettes. The card fronts are colored lithographs on white card stock and are considered among the most attractive cards ever produced. All card backs have a complete checklist for the un-numbered set which includes six Hall of Famers. The original set is valued at $16,750 for the complete set of 10 baseball players. An album was also manufactured which carries a price of $4,000.

There was a second series of cards – N29 - made also, which had one Philly in it; James Fogarty, valued at $800. The complete set of six cards is $5,250. The album for that set is $3,000.

The N43 set measures 3 ¼" x 2 7/8". The complete set of six is $21,000 and again, James Fogarty is the lone Philly and is valued at $3,000. The last variation of the set, N48, is very incomplete and I have no idea of the size of the set. This set is the Allen and Ginter girls baseball players. If found, they go for $650 a piece and with an ad back, twice that.

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