1889 A17 Allen & Ginter Album Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title A17 Allen & Ginter Album (for N29 cards)
Year 1889
Size 6″ x 8″
Images Color
Type Album
Number in Set
50 (album cut cards)

1889 A17 Allen & Ginter Album Overview

A17 Album Cover.jpg

As a premium surrounding their 1889 N29 Allen & Ginter cards, the company distributed a special album (designated as the A17 Album in the American Card Catalog) with pictures of the 50 cards in the set.

The cards in the album were exact replicas of the actual cards with a couple of minor differences. First, the cards in the album did not include the standard Allen & Ginter logo at the bottom of the regular cards. In addition, the backs did not include the standard checklist as the N29 cards did.

In all, the album includes 14 pages (counting the cover). Pages were not stapled together like a traditional book today. Instead, they were bound together with a string.

These albums are scarce and difficult to find. Collectors will also find them in various forms. Sometimes, the albums are complete. Other times, individual pages from the album will be offered for sale from albums that have been separated. In addition, cards are also cut out individually from the pages (each page contained several cards). While these do not hold the same value as the regular cards, there is certainly a market for them.

A variety of sports are featured on the cards in the album. The baseball players are the most popular/valuable, led by Buck Ewing, the only Hall of Famer. The pugilists are next in terms of popularity for most collectors. Other sports include wrestling, tennis, track and field, skating, and billiards. A tennis card featuring Hall of Famer Henry Slocum is among the earliest tennis cards featuring an actual player.

1889 A17 Allen & Ginter Album Checklist

The checklist of the 50 cards from the N29 Allen & Ginter set, which are included on the pages of the album are listed below.

  1. James Albert
  2. W.J.M. Barry
  3. Theo Bauer
  4. Edwin Bibby
  5. Captain Paul Boyton
  6. E.C. Carter
  7. C.W.V. Clarke
  8. W.E. Crist
  9. H.G. Crocker
  10. William Cummings
  11. Captain Daly
  12. Patsey Duffy
  13. James Dwight
  14. William East
  15. Billy Edwards
  16. Buck Ewing (Baseball)
  17. Pat Fitzgerald
  18. Joseph Fogarty (Baseball)
  19. M.W. Ford
  20. W.G. George
  21. Charles Getzien (Baseball)
  22. Willie Harradon
  23. Jack Havlin
  24. Gus Hill
  25. F.F. Ives
  26. Patsey Kerrigan
  27. George La Blanche
  28. E.D. Lange
  29. Hugh McCormack
  30. Jack McGee
  31. George Miller (Baseball)
  32. John Morrill (Baseball)
  33. Frank Murphy
  34. Johnny Murphy
  35. L.E. Myers
  36. William O’Connor
  37. W.B. Page
  38. Axel Paulsen
  39. Thomas Pettitt
  40. C.A.J. Queckberner
  41. T. Ray
  42. Duncan Ross
  43. William Rowe
  44. James Ryan (Baseball)
  45. R.D. Sears
  46. H.W. Slocum
  47. Percy Stone
  48. Ralph Temple
  49. Captain Matthew Webb
  50. Fred Wood