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    1888 E223 G&B Chewing Gum Cap Anson (Photo Portrait) SGC Good 2 - Only Three SGC Examples! Adrian "Cap" Anson was the most prominent figure in 19th Century baseball. As such one would hope identification was not an issue but while the name reads "Anson" the photo is actually Ned Williamson. He (Anson) played big league ball for 27 years, five in the National Association and 22 in the National League. He was the first player to collect 3,000 hits and the second manager to win 1,000 games. He led the NL in batting four times ad in RBI eight times. At 6'2" and 220 lbs., he was one of the biggest players in the game. A first baseman, he also played third and caught. He spent all of his National League career with the Chicago White stockings, later the Colts before becoming the Chicago Cubs. He managed the Chicago franchise for 19 seasons as a player/manager and won five pennants.

    Unfortunately, Anson was also instrumental in the banning of African-American players from professional baseball. In 1883, for an exhibition game against a local Toledo, Ohio team, Anson refused to play because the Toledo catcher Moses Fleet Walker was African-American. In order not to lose gate receipts, Anson relented, but a tone had been set. His actions eventually helped to draw a color line that was not broken until Jackie Robinson. Anson's playing and managing ability did result in his election to the Hall of Fame.

    Graded SGC Good 2. The G&B Gum cards are thought to be the first gum cards. They measure 1-16" x 2-1/8" and are extremely rare. SGC has graded only three cards with one (a single VG 3) rated higher.


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