Lot # 103: 1888 H. D. Smith & Company Baseball Gum Card Die-Cuts St. Louis Browns PSA-Graded Collection (5)

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Collection of five 1888 H. D. Smith & Company Baseball Gum Card die-cuts featuring exclusively members of the St. Louis Browns, each graded and encapsulated by PSA. This uniquely designed issue features nine players from the American Association’s legendary St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the Detroit Wolverines. It is one of only a few full-color baseball issues from the nineteenth century and also one of the most distinctive and unusual of all early baseball card sets. For decades, the set was referred to as "Scrapps" or "Scrapps Tobacco," but recent extraordinary newspaper archive research has finally allowed for the definitive identification of the issuer: H. D. Smith & Company, a Cincinnati Candy and Gum manufacturer. The hobby has long known that these die-cuts were not actually issued by "Scrapps Tobacco" (as no brand of that name has ever been found) but we personally never thought we would ever learn exactly how they were issued. The fact is, they were actually issued as premiums with gum! The collection consists of the following: GOOD+ 2.5 (2 cards): Caruthers and Foutz. GOOD 2 (3 cards): Latham, O'Neill, and Welch. These cards were intended to be glued into scrapbooks and almost always display evidence of glue residue or album removal on the reverse. The offered cards are no exception. All present with bold colors on front, but ultimately grade modestly. Despite these flaws, this remains an attractive collection of five unusual nineteenth-century die-cuts, representing more than half of a complete subset of Browns players. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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