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Despite all of his exhaustive research, Jefferson Burdick was apparently never introduced to elements of this felt issue. Featuring baseball subjects of yore, we estimate that they appeared contemporaneously with the great cascade of tobacco cards in the early 20th Century. Measuring about 1-1/4" x 4", this group provides renderings of Eddie Ainsmith, Buck Herzog, Nap Lajoie, Bris Lord, and Christy Mathewson. The illustrations are applied similar to those appearing on standard pennants, and set against soft swatches of green or blue. By last name only, the players are identified in an ersatz scroll, and a measure of sophistication is added in team logos on the jerseys. Because these felts are uncatalogued in the A.C.C., it naturally follows that their distribution was meager, at best. And such is fairly affirmed in that these appear to have been hand-cut...their edges being detectably inexact. These felts were likely not tobacco-related, and we'd sooner imagine that they were distributed by some other consumer good. Minimally, four of these are NM (to include Lajoie and Mathewson); the Herzog piece is about EX/MT - a small imperfection in the background fabric and an imperfect corner.
Circa 1910 BF-Uncataloged Baseball Felt Novelties Collection (5 Different) Including Mathewson and Lajoie
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