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Graded 30 GD 2 by SGC. As mid-season approached in the National League’s 1886 campaign, the P. Lorillard Tobacco Co. issued four different schedule cards (the Chicago White Stockings, Detroit Wolverines, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Quakers). On the obverses, these 4” x 5-1/2” cards featured portrait vignettes of eleven principals on those respective clubs; the reverses detailed their game schedules, along with advertising. By virtue of its pictured stars, the most prominent of these several cards was that of the Chicago White Stockings, one of which is here presented. Graded Good by SGC, this one is characterized by mild corner wear around and a small pencil writing on the reverse. As well, we report a transparent stain on the image of Billy Sunday, and a superficial crease in the card’s upper right corner. On the merit of three guys now Cooperstown-enshrined, this Chicago team marched to a pennant in 1886. To be expected, naturally, is the image of Cap Anson, but the Chicagos also rostered a couple stalwart hurlers in Jim McCormick and Hall of Famer, John Clarkson. And in the department of ‘extremes,’ the White Stockings also excelled much on the services provided by Billy Sunday (evangelist extraordinaire) and the utterly incorrigible Mike Kelly. This was the King’s last season in Chicago as Skipper Anson’s patience with him was irretrievably spent.
1886 Lorillard’s Illustrated National League Schedule (Chicago White Stockings) Featuring Cap Anson and King Kelly - SGC 30 GD 2
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