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    1889 E.R. Williams Complete Set (52) with Original Box and Playing Equipment. "EASILY PLAYED, ATTRACTIVE, EXCITING. EVERY PLAY IN THE FIELD GAME SHOWN" These words, printed on the cover box for Egerton R. Williams' Popular In-Door Base-Ball Game, only hint at the visual delights to be found in the set's extraordinary deck of 52 cards. All of the 2-7/16" x 3-1/2" playing cards included in the game, which has also retained its original box, and even its tiny cardboard playing pieces. Baseball symbols garnish their designs, and the legend, "Copyright 1889 - By E.R. Williams," is seen at the cards' center. Nineteen cards each depict a pair of the period's National League or American Association star players, including 10 Hall of Famers. The remainder of the card fronts show crossed bats, along with moves for play, and all have deep green reverses decorated by an at-the-ready batting figure. The beautiful cards have been handled in a few games over 100 years ago and then stored. The game's fascinating roster of player subjects includes: Cap Anson/Buck Ewing (VG-EX), Dan Brouthers/Arlie Latham (EX), Charles Buffinton/Parisian Bob Carruthers (VG-EX), Hick Carpenter/Cliff Carroll (VG-EX), Charles Comiskey/Roger Connor (EX), Pop Corkhill/Jim Fogarty (EX), John Clarkson/Tim Keefe (EX), Jerry Denny/Silent Mike Tiernan (G), Dave Foutz/King Kelly (G), Pud Galvin/Dave Orr (EX), Pebbly Jack Glasscock/Foghorn Tucker (EX), Mike Griffin/Ed McKean (EX), Dummy Hoy/Long John Reiley (VG-EX)), Arthur Irwin/Ned Williamson (VG-EX), Silver King/John Tener (VG-EX), Al Myers/Cub Stricker (G), Fred Pfeffer/Chicken Wolf (VG-EX), Toad Ramsey/Gus Weyhing (G), and Monte Ward/Curt Welch (EX). The 3" x 5" x 1-1/4" box has resolutely protected its valuable contents for more than a century. With its printed Williams logo label still attached to the lid, the box grades Good with two strips of vintage

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