1884 H807-2 Virginia Brights Polka Dot Nine Cabinets Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title H807-2 Virginia Brights Polka Dot Nine
Year 1884
Size 5″ x 7 1/2″
Images Sepia
Type Early Tobacco
Number in Set
9

H807-2 Virginia Brights Polka Dot Nine Overview

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The images are sepia-toned and they are surrounded by a cream-colored border. Instead of featuring players in actual games, the women are depicted in a series of baseball poses to make it appear as if they are playing.

While these were cataloged by Jefferson Burdick as H807-2, I have included this issue into the N-Card section as a 19th Century Tobacco card. At the time of his book, Burdick did not classify N-Cards as 19th Century Tobacco cards as we do today. But by our standards today, that is where they belong.

The fronts also include card numbering and the set gets its name from the ‘Polka Dot Nine’ printed on the bottom. The bottom also states that the full set of the series includes nine different cards that represent the various positions in baseball. The cards also have ‘Crop of 1884’ below the Virginia Brights name at the top, signifying they are likely from that year.

True to their name, the girls in the set are wearing a variety of polka-dot apparel.

Cards are a larger cabinet issue, measuring slightly bigger than a 5″ x 7″ photo. As a cabinet, it features a picture that was mounted to a piece of cardboard. Backs of the cards are entirely blank.

The cards are not easy to find and don’t show up for auction too often. They are also similar to the Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine set produced in the 1880s.

H807-2 Virginia Brights Polka Dot Nine Checklist

Nine photos appear in the set and all pictures depict generic women with a card number printed on the image.

  1. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 1)
  2. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 2)
  3. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 3)
  4. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 4)
  5. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 5)
  6. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 6)
  7. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 7)
  8. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 8)
  9. Female player with polka dot uniform (printed No. 9)

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