Their small size (1 x 2.25 inches) and the fact that G & B’s were issued with gum as opposed to tobacco make this set one of the most distinctive of all pre-1900 baseball card issues. G & Bs are also one of the scarcest of all nineteenth-century issues. Offered is a sample from this unusual set of Chicago Nationals catcher Bill Dailey. This is a photographic portrait variety, which is the most desirable type in the eyes of most collectors (G & Bs were also issued featuring woodcut “line drawing” illustrations). The offered sample presents at a level far better than normally encountered among E223s. It presents as Vg-Ex from the front, with a strong image, light touches of wear to the corners (most noticeable to the top and bottom right), and some light soiling. The reverse exhibits small ink remnants and some staining which is responsible for the POOR 10 grade assigned by SGC. A very rare sample in an extremely presentable condition from this highly regarded and very elusive set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.