Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/3/2013
Produced in the late 19th Century, this beautiful, ornate trade card was manufactured by Calvert Lith. Co of Detroit, and advertises  both National League chewing tobacco and T.C. Chittenden, a tobacconist (and bait shop, railroad, steamboat and insurance agent) in Watertown, NY.  Measuring approximately 3 1/8" x 5", the card is extremely colorful, depicting a single ballplayer in the foreground and an entire game being played in the background.  

The American Eagle Tobacco Company of Detroit produced chewing tobacco, leaving behind a host of collectible tins and trade cards.  It seems that this, however, is the most popular (and perhaps the only) baseball-related card they produced.  It has been called the most desirable of all the 19th Century baseball trade cards; we'll go out on a limb and say it's certainly among the most beautiful, with its ornate design and colorful lithography truly a masterpiece in an era that - let's face it - produced some pretty ugly cards.  

This artwork was famously reused in 2007-2008 to create a United States 42-cent postage stamp honoring the writing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by Jack Norworth.  We are including a sheet of 20 stamps along with the card.  The card itself is in apparent VG/EX condition; notwithstanding the Chittenden rubber stamp on the obverse.  Glue stains on the reverse, however, reduce the technical grade to the GOOD level, an unfortunate byproduct of the era's fascination with trade cards, die cuts and scrapbooks.  That said, the popularity of these scrapbooks is likely the reason that cards like this survive in such exceptional condition today.
Colorful 1890s National League Fine Cut baseball trade cardColorful 1890s National League Fine Cut baseball trade cardColorful 1890s National League Fine Cut baseball trade card
Colorful 1890s National League Fine Cut baseball trade card
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,298
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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