Old Judge An Interesting Interview Baseball Cabinets Trade Card

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Old Judge An Interesting Interview Baseball Cabinets Trade Card
Year 1888
Size 4 1/2″ x 7 3/8″
Images Color
Type Trade / Tobacco
Number in Set

1888 Old Judge An Interesting Interview Baseball Cabinets Trade Card Overview

This unique 1888 Old Judge trade card was one of the many trade issues that Goodwin and Company used to advertise their Old Judge brand of cigarettes. This one, however, is particularly notable in that it advertises the company’s N173 baseball cabinet photographs.

The trade card itself folds open to display a color lithographic scene. On the top half of the card, a boy is shown asking the shop owner for Old Judge Cigarettes. The bottom shows the same boy being whipped by his father with his stick for bringing home the wrong brand.

The card is titled ‘An Interesting Interview’ and is copyrighted to 1888. The artwork for the card was produced by the Giles Lithography & Liberty Printing Company of New York. Fully opened and unfolded, the card measures 4 1/2″ wide by 7 3/8″ tall. When folded, it is only 3 3/4″ tall.

The back of the card is typically what is of most interest to collectors. The back displays the advertisement for the cabinet photos. While Old Judge issued the popular N172 baseball cards into its cigarette packages, this advertisement promoted the larger N173 cabinet photo cards that the company also distributed. One photo could be secured in exchange for 25 of the coupons that were found in Goodwin’s Old Judge or Gypsy Queen cigarettes.

Cabinet photos were offered for ‘every player of prominence in any club in the country’ according to the advertisement.

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