A very nice lot of Victorian-era trade cards, circa 1880s, now 130+ years old. The group includes three baseball trade cards, including two of the four in the H804-5A set. First identified by hobby pioneer and author of the American Card Catalog, Jefferson Burdick as H804-5, and later expanded by veteran collector Frank Keetz to encompass three different variations, A, B and C. The two cards here are from H804-5A, the Blue and Tan Ink issue.A Point In Dispute - this card has the advertising back for M W Eastman Shoes of Taunton, Mass. Visual appeal is a strong VG-EX.
A minor corner crease at lower left, a bend at upper right and a spot of residue on the reverse, perhaps paste (though the card does not appear to have ever been pasted to anything) makes the technical grade, in my opinion, VG. Out On A Fly - blank-backed, as some of these cards were. Still pleasing to look at in spite of flaws that put the technical grade at F-G, paper loss to be noted on front, away from the main image; a vertical crease that had a piece of tape put over it on the reverse, and a small crease at lower left. Base-Ball at Blackville - The third baseball card is from Clarence Brooks Co. I would put the technical grade at VG+ based on a light crease at the lower right, in spite of the touch of paper loss in the gold border at the center-top hole, which these Brooks cards all have by design.On the blank back, what I first thought were post-issue stains are not. It is either color bleed-through from the front, or wet-ink transfer from contact with another of the same image in the factory. COAs are present for these three cards. He has written at least one book on the subject, Victorian Trade Cards - Historical Reference and Value Guide (1996).
The COA for'A Point In Dispute' references the card on page 25 of one of his books, perhaps this one. I will bet 1996 values no longer apply. And there are three additional non-baseball trade cards. The first is Sanford's Ginger. Bold colors and a spotless back on this one make up for a light crease at upper right.I call it VG+, and if not for that crease, would be EX+. The recent example that brought the highest price had major staining and a merchants name stamped on the reverse. Others had significant condition issues. The last two are in the best condition of the group. First is a large fold-out for Arm and Hammer Soda.
Images show the folded card both front and back, and both sides of the card fully unfolded. You usually don't see this card, when you can find one, this nice.
And a trade card for Rising Sun Stove Polish. For hubby bringing home the wrong stove polish to an upset wife, and a hot meal on the table when he comes through and gets her what she wants. This set is often found separated and not often seen this nice. A call it a solid EX. Overall very nice for cards this old.I think my asking price is very fair. I think at this price, one is getting the three non-baseball for nothing, or close to it.
If I can't sell the lot, I'll be listing them individually down the road. The item "BLACK AMERICANA VICTORIAN 1880s Trade Cards (6) with(3) Baseball INCL (2) H804-5A" is in sale since Saturday, March 27, 2021.
This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Sports Trading Cards\Trading Card Singles". The seller is "puckfan55" and is located in Rochester, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.