1886 N48 Dixie Cigarettes / Virginia Brights Girl Players Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title N48 Dixie Cigarettes / Virginia Brights Girl Players
Year 1886
Size 1 5/8″ x 2 1/2″
Images Sepia
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set
72 (?)

1886 N48 Dixie Cigarettes / Virginia Brights Girl Players Overview

N48 The Pitcher.jpg

The N48 set is a rare issue featuring various women in baseball scenes and poses. Packed with 1800s tobacco products, these cards were a precursor of cards that would come a few years later and feature actual male players.

This set features advertising for both Dixie Cigarettes and Virginia Brights products. The ads are printed in a variety of locations, including the bottom of the card or in background signage that is in the scene.

Cards are similar to the popular N172 Old Judge set in terms of design. They are sepia-toned and 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. Some of the cards have advertising on the back while others are blank.

Some of these cards are similar to the N508 Sub Rosa Cigarettes cards. They are often grouped together but I have made an attempt to separate the two issues as they have been identified by collectors as two separate N-card issues.

Per this thread, there are many different variations of the N48 cards. Here are additional pictures of the cards. Known cards with those variations are indicated in the checklist below.

1886 N48 Dixie Cigarettes / Virginia Brights Girl Players Checklist

A complete checklist is unknown. However, these are the are the cards I have seen thus far.

Please note that because cards with numbers up to No. 9 have been discovered and no known type has been found with ten cards, I have assumed nine cards can be found in each subset/type. This, of course, may be erroneous. But as a starting point in a checklist for this series, that is my assumption for now.

Even within the subsets, I have found variations of the different position cards, such as the 1st Base card for the Virginia Brights cards with position captions. In other words, more cards besides the ones listed here could also exist. The 72 cards I have cited in the checklist do not include those variations.

Dixie Cigarettes (with position captions)

  1. 1st Base
  2. 2nd Base
  3. 3rd Base
  4. The Batter
  5. Catcher
  6. Pitcher
  7. Short Stop
  8. Stealing Second
  9. Unknown (unsure if issued)

Dixie Cigarettes (with number and border)

  1. Catcher
  2. Fielder Catching Ball
  3. Unknown
  4. Fielder with Base
  5. Fielder Catching Ball
  6. Unknown
  7. Unknown
  8. Woman
  9. Unknown (unsure if issued)

Dixie Cigarettes (with number and no border)

  1. Fielder
  2. Fielder Catching Ball
  3. Unknown
  4. Unknown
  5. Unknown
  6. Batter with Catcher
  7. Fielder
  8. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  9. Unknown (unsure if issued)

Dixie Cigarettes (with number and caption at bottom)

  1. Unknown
  2. The Pitcher
  3. Unknown
  4. Unknown
  5. Double Him Up
  6. Unknown
  7. Catcher
  8. Unknown
  9. The Champion Batter

Virginia Brights (with position captions)

  1. 1st Base (Two variations)
  2. 2nd Base
  3. 3rd Base
  4. The Batter
  5. The Catcher
  6. Centre Field
  7. Pitcher
  8. Short Stop
  9. Stealing Second

Virginia Brights (with number and border)

  1. Catcher with Ball
  2. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  3. Fielder Catching Ball
  4. Fielder on Base Catching Ball (The ‘4’ was printed backwards)
  5. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  6. Fielder Hands on Knees
  7. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  8. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  9. Unknown (unsure if issued)

Virginia Brights (with number and no border)

  1. Unknown
  2. Unknown
  3. Fielder on base
  4. Unknown
  5. Unknown
  6. Batter and catcher
  7. Catcher
  8. Unknown (unsure if issued)
  9. Unknown (unsure if issued)

Virginia Brights (with number and Virginia Brights at bottom)

  1. Pitcher Showing Back
  2. Fielder on Base Holding Ball over Head
  3. Fielder Bending Down to Catch Ball
  4. Baserunner Sliding with Catcher
  5. Batter going to First with Catcher
  6. Player with Bat and Catcher Mask on Ground
  7. Pitcher and also a card with Baserunner and Fielder with Ball
  8. Unknown
  9. Catcher
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