Description1888 John A. Andrews Cigars Boston Base Ball Club Print. This is the earlier and rarer example of prints issued in 1888 and 1889 to promote a Boston tobacconist's wares through the ever-expanding fame of Beantown's baseball royalty, relics that today rank among the most coveted display pieces of the nineteenth century game. The print offers a thirteen-decade journey back in time and space to the infield grandstand of the South End Grounds, utilizing actual photographic portraits to populate both the playing field and the stands.
The eagle-eyed early baseball historian will spot John Clarkson on the mound and Mike "King" Kelly behind the plate. Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourne spectates steps from the third base line, while Harry Wright takes in the action from the stands at lower left corner. Verso encourages shop owners to request sample boxes to test the John A. Andrews & Co. wares.
The print measures 7x9.75" in total on midweight card stock which has somehow dodged the common ailments of tearing and creasing entirely, with only faint age toning to document thirteen decades of existence. The first of its kind we have offered, and quite possibly the last. Bid accordingly.
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