Rare 1876 trade card, dating from the National League's inaugural season, featuring a woodcut illustration of a game in progress at the Boston Base Ball Grounds. The card was issued in promotion of Washburn & Moen's "Barb Fence Armor," which can be clearly seen atop the stadium fences in the illustration. The reverse features a glowing testimonial, dated September 1, 1876, from Boston team owner N. F. Apolonio [sic] extolling the cost-saving benefits of the company's product. This is only the third example of this particular trade card we have ever seen and the second we have offered. All material dating to the National League's inaugural 1876 season is rare and this particular piece, which relates to the Boston club ( the oldest franchise in the Major Leagues), is especially desirable. The card (6 x 3.375 inches) displays a few very light stains, which are more noticeable on the reverse, and a tiny pencil notation on the reverse. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).