1884 and 1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Cabinet Card Sets (H807-1) and Checklist

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Title H807-1 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Cabinets
Year 1884 and 1886
Size 7 1/2″ x 13″
Images Sepia
Type Trade
Number in Set

1884 and 1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine (H807-1) Overview

Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine CabinetThese sets feature advertising for both Allen & Ginter and its Virginia Brights product. Some of the cards are similar to the popular N172 Old Judge set in terms of design.

While these were cataloged by Jefferson Burdick as H807-1, 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.

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.

The cards are larger cabinet type issue measuring approximately 13 inches tall. The set gets its name from the small text printed beneath the pictures that reads, “Black Stocking Nine.” It is so named because the women in the pictures are all wearing black stockings.

There are several Polka Dot Nine sets. One features the ‘Crop of 1884’ and is printed with a yellow border. Another features the ‘Crop of 1884 but has a white border, different font, no card numbers, and possibly different pictures. Others were sepia-toned and look like the Old Judge cards with different font and layout. In all, several sets of the Virginia Brights and Allen & Ginter Black Stocking nine cards exist.

There are presumably nine cards in each set. Virginia Brights created a Polka Dot Nine set and stated that the issue was comprised of nine different subjects.

1884 and 1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine (H807-1) Checklist

It is believed that nine cards are featured in each set. Each set features generic players and only some have card numbering.

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