John Ward Fan

‘It’s In The Details’

Title John Ward Fan
Year Unknown
Size 7 3/4″ in diameter
Images Color
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set

John Ward Fan Overview

Similar in design to the 1913 Bull Durham Tobacco ‘A Fan for a Fan,’ these homemade-looking fans also were designed with baseball fans in mind.

But instead of including a full checklist of players, this issue included only one – Hall of Famer John Ward. It includes his portrait in the center of a circle and a stick is attached to allow collectors to use it as a fan in hot weather.

The maker of this item is unknown and it isn’t even clear if it was a tobacco issue or not. Further, the date of production is a mystery as well, although it is believed to be from the late 1800s.

Ward was one of baseball’s top stars in the 1800s playing for several teams, including the Providence Grays, New York Giants, Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders, and the Brooklyn Grooms. The Ward’s Wonders, a team in the Players’ League in 1890, was named after Ward before the league folded after that season.

John Ward Fan Checklist

This is a standalone issue.

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