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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, indeed. Judging by this fierce female’s bearing, the base paths belong to her just as much as they do to any man. Our Amazon batswoman crouches with hands on thighs, arms akimbo, her gaze focused dead-ahead with steely intensity. Ty Cobb’s got nothing on her! First in this delightful distaff duo, we have a NM blazer of a cabinet card, whose sepia photo exhibits razor-sharp edges and wonderful image contrast—to the point that you can easily distinguish the light-colored laces from the dark leather shoes. There are hardly any immediately discernible signs of wear or aging, though angling the 4-1/8" x 6-3/8" card under a bright light does illuminate a handful of small, subtle surface blemishes and negligible mount corner rubbing. Also, the mount appears to have been re-backed for preservation purposes at some point in the past. As for the matching 4-7/8" x 7-3/8" ad card, it too boasts a NM appearance, with close examination showing a small degree of faint scattered image foxing (more textural than visual) and extremely modest corner wear, as well as one barely perceptible pinhole at top center. The ad card also benefits from strikingly attractive design graphics. Both Black Stocking Nine cards promote Allen & Ginter’s Virginia Brights Cigarettes, and both are structurally solid and sturdy—just like the warrior woman they depict. This venerable mid-1880s tobacco issue represents as early a definitively dated female baseball card as you’re likely to discover anywhere.
1884 H807-1 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Women's Baseball Cabinet and Ad Card
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