1888 G20 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner

‘It’s In The Details’

Title G20 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner
Year 1888
Size 16″ x 28″
Images Color
Type Banners
Number in Set

1888 G20 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner Overview

The 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter cards featured a collection of 50 champions and stars in a variety of sports, including baseball, rowing, wrestling, pugilism/boxing, rifle shooting, and billiards/pool. These cards were packaged inside of boxes of Allen & Ginter cigarettes.

The G20 banners were an advertisement of sorts that were likely hung in shops selling the cigarettes that included the cards. Printed on thin paper, they are difficult to find at all – let alone in good condition.

The posters feature a layout of all 50 cards. One unique thing is that the cards on the poster do not overlap and the pictures are the same ones used in the A16 Allen & Ginter Album. Those also included pictures of the N28 cards but did not have the Allen & Ginter name printed on the bottom as the cards that were packaged with cigarettes did. It is important to note that, while many collectors assume all hand cut N28 cards that are blank-backed and without the Allen & Ginter name at the bottom are from the A16 Album, that is incorrect. Some of the hand-cut examples out there were from the album but some were also from these banners, such as this example here.

The banners had a gold background and a baseball diamond of sorts. Four sports were pictured in each corner of the banner, representing some of the sports featured in the set – baseball, boxing, billiards, and rowing.

1888 G20 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner Checklist

The cards featured on the banner are the same in the N28 Allen & Ginter set and are listed below.

  1. Joe Acton
  2. Yank Adams
  3. Cap Anson (Baseball)
  4. Theo Bauer
  5. William Beach
  6. Chas Bennett (Baseball)
  7. Young Bibby
  8. Captain Bogardus
  9. George Busear
  10. Jimmy Carney
  11. Jimmy Carroll
  12. W.F. Carver
  13. Bob Caruthers (Baseball)
  14. John Clarkson (Baseball)
  15. Buffalo Bill Cody
  16. Charles Comiskey (Baseball)
  17. Maurice Daly
  18. Jack Dempsey (‘Nonpareil’)
  19. Joseph Dion
  20. Albert Frey
  21. Jake Gaudaur
  22. Jack Glassock (Baseball)
  23. Albert Hamm
  24. Ed Hanlon
  25. George Hosmer
  26. Tim Keefe (Baseball)
  27. King Kelly (Baseball)
  28. Jake Kilrain
  29. Joe Lannon
  30. J.L. Malone
  31. Jack McAuliffe
  32. John McKay
  33. J.H. McLaughlin
  34. John McMahon
  35. Charlie Mitchell
  36. William Muldoon
  37. Joseph Mulvey (Baseball)
  38. Annie Oakley
  39. Wallace Ross
  40. J. Schaefer
  41. William Sexton
  42. George Slosson
  43. Jem Smith
  44. Matsada Sorakichi
  45. John L. Sullivan
  46. John Teemer
  47. E.A. Tricett
  48. M. Vignaux
  49. John Ward (Baseball)
  50. Ike Weir

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