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A Guide to the Sports Card Album, circa 1880-circa 1920 (bulk 1909-1913)
The identity of the person who created the album is unknown.
This collection contains approximately 465 sports cards and printed ephemera from the late 1800s and early 1900s. All but ten items have been affixed, presumably glued, to pages in an album, concealing information on the cards’ backs.
Included in the collection are about 425 baseball cards. Although determining each card’s American Card Catalog (ACC) number is difficult without seeing the advertisement on the back, research suggests that the album contains approximately 222 T206 White Borders, produced by the American Tobacco Company (1909-1911); fifty-six E254 and/or E270-2 Colgan’s Chips cards (1909-1913); forty-seven T210 Old Mill (Red Borders) cards, Series 3: Texas League (1910); forty-six E90-1 American Caramel cards (1909-1911), some of which may be E92 Nadja/Croft's/Dockman cards (1909); nineteen E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards (1909); eighteen E125 American Caramel Die-Cuts (1910); ten E96 Philadelphia Caramel cards (1910); three E104-2 Nadja Caramels cards (1910) or E90-2 American Caramel cards (1909-1911); and three N48 and/or N508 Allen & Ginter Girl Baseball Players cards (circa 1885-1886).
Represented in the collection are major league players from all National League (Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis) and American League (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, St. Louis, and Washington D. C.) teams that existed between 1909 and 1913. Among the most significant baseball cards are those for Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, and Chicago Cubs players Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. Approximately ninety cards in the collection are for minor league players on teams in various leagues, including forty-seven cards for players on Texas League teams in Galveston; Dallas; Fort Worth; Houston; Waco; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Also contained in the collection are twenty-three boxing cards, which have been attached to one page in the album. While conclusive identification of these cards is difficult, research suggests that the album includes twelve E79 cards (1910), five T225 cards (1910), four E75 cards (1909), one T218 card (1910), and one E80 card (1911).
One page in the album contains seventeen color pictures of men representing different “race types” that were cut from a page in Matthew Fontaine Maury’s New Complete Geography, which was published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
No restrictions. The collection is open for research.
Reproduction of the album may be restricted due to its size and fragility.
Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.
[Identification of item], Sports Card Album, circa 1880-circa 1920 (bulk 1909-1913), Col 14379, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
The donor of the collection is unknown. The collection was probably acquired before 1980.
Processed by Caitlin Donnelly, 2009 January.
Additional processing by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 April.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 April.