This scarce imperial cabinet card, featuring a woman ballplayer posing in uniform, was issued as a premium by the Allen & Ginter tobacco company in promotion of its Virginia Brights Cigarettes. The formal studio photograph captures the young woman in full uniform, posing with hands on knees, against a painted background of a ball field. This imperial cabinet is from the company's "Black Stocking Nine" series, which is identified by name on the mount along with additional advertising text that reads: "Allen & Ginter's/Virginia Brights Cigarettes/Hand Made - Crop of 1884." Further advertising for Virginia Brights Cigarettes appears on the outfield fence in the background. An Allen & Ginter "1886" copyright appears in the lower right corner of the photo. Allen & Ginter's "Black Stocking Nine," and similar "Polka Dot Nine" series of cabinets feature some of the earliest images of women playing baseball, the novelty of which at the time was sure to attract the attention of the company's predominantly male clientele. The cabinet (7.5 x 13 inches) features a Near Mint photo, while the mount displays a tiny chip in the lower right corner as well as a few additional tiny chips along the top border. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).