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    C. 1880 Christo Von Buffalo Baseball Cartoon Commentary Cabinet Cards SGC-Trio (3). Christopher Smith is not a household name but he is famous for his work regarding the Buffalo Bisons Baseball team which formed and disbanded in 1877. His birth name was Christoff Schmidt. His professional name was Christo Von Buffalo, he signed his works "Christo." His art chronicled a squad that was a first for Buffalo Bison baseball fans. There are all together 34 known works of art from that season, all spell out in graphic commentary events of a team that finished 10-27-3 despite having future stars like Larry Corcoran, Andy Cummings John Montgomery Ward and James Roseman on the roster. Despite numerous promotions like discounts for women and sold score cards with ads for local businesses the team lasted only one season. Originally hired to keep score Christopher Smith used his artistic talents to convey the season via cartoons much like political cartoons where they went on window display at a downtown Buffalo clothing store called Joseph Garson's. To help spread the word, these traditional cabinet cards were utilizing his creations. Offered is a trio of these rare relics. Includes: 1) "Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! mentions May 2, 1877 game and Pud Galvin (SGC Good+ 2.5); 2) "So Near Yet So far" mentions May 24 victory. Erasure on reverse. (SGC Good+ 2.5); 3) "Rally Around the Flag" has a schedule for the end of the season. (SGC VG 3). Each provides fascinating glimpses into history about a one-year. The end of the team also meant the end to Christo who can be considered baseball's first cartoon satirist, a tradition that continued well into the 20th Century. Each presents far nicer than the technical grades.

    More Information: - Also included are three cellophane envelopes. One card was found inside each envelope.

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