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The debate over the "world's first baseball card" has raged on for decades. We believe it has finally been put to rest once and for all. The 1863 Grand Match of Hoboken Benefit cards are in our opinion here to stay as the definitive first of all firsts. Bar none. Period. On September 16th, 17th and 18th, 1863, on the St. George's Cricket Grounds of Hoboken's fabled Elysian Fields, famed forefather Harry Wright and his New York Knickerbockers participated in a seminal series including back-to-back cricket matches followed by a contest of the newfangled sport known as "base ball." Admission costed 25 cents, but for twice that amount—a princely sum of 50 cents—attendees also received a CDV photographic card of either Harry Wright, his father Sam Wright, William Crossley (2 poses) or William Hammond (2 poses). Hence, for the first time ever in the world, willing buyers purchased advertising cards for paid players engaged in a baseball game. Thus: Baseball cards. Were. Born.
Jordan & Company's 6-card set is exceedingly rare with fewer than a dozen individual cards known to exist at all in any form. Presented here is an impressive trio of three different graded examples. One or four corners are clipped on each card and the cards have irregular edges. The fronts feature photographs that are Mint with crisp contrast; the backs mention, "Admit Bearer to the St. George's Cricket Ground, -on- Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, Sept. 16, 17th and 18th" and feature a "Jordan & Company" imprint in the middle. Includes: SGC Authentic: 3 cards w/William Crossley (2 different) and William Hammond.
1863 Jordan & Co CDV "St. George's Cricket" SGC-Assessed Trio (3 Different) - The Grand Match At Hoboken Benefit Cards - THE WORLD'S FIRST BASEBALL CARDS!
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