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Complete set of fifty 1898-99 National Copper Plate Co. premiums issued by The Sporting News, featuring the first memorabilia depictions of numerous Hall of Famers including: Honus Wagner, Louisville; Jimmy Collins, Boston; Elmer Flick, Philadelphia; Willie Keeler, Brooklyn; Bobby Wallace, Cleveland; and Vic Willis, Boston. In addition, it includes Hall of Famers: John McGraw, Baltimore; Cap Anson, Chicago; Clark Griffith, Chicago; Kid Nichols, Boston; Hugh Duffy, Boston; Wilbert Robinson, Baltimore; Joe Kelley, Brooklyn; Sam Thompson, Philadelphia; and Buck Ewing, Cincinnati. Standouts include: William Hoy, Louisville; William Lange, Chicago; and Patsy Donovan, Pittsburgh as well as numerous 19th Century players whose only memorabilia depiction is in this particular set. The NCP set is notable for resembling what could be a prototype for modern baseball cards, i.e. a photo and identification on the front and a career summary on the back. Accompanied by the original shellacked burlap cover imprinted with Portfolio of Prominent Ball Players issued by The Sporting News, St. Louis, MO on the cover, and an advertisement for Reach Mitts and Gloves on the back.
8 3/4 x 11 in.

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