1886 Lorillard Team Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Lorillard Plug Tobacco Team
Year 1886
Size 4″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set

1886 Lorillard Plug Tobacco Team Issue Overview

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The 1886 Lorillard team cards are a rare issue to be sure.

To date, in fact, only four cards from this scarce set have been found. So far, we know of team cards for Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia. A Philadelphia card sold in 2015 for a little more than $2,000.

The cards are attractive, featuring a mostly bi-color front with portrait images and names of the various members on each team against a baseball diamond background.

The top identifies the cards as being produced in 1886 and states the team name. At the bottom is a small advertisement for Lorillard Tobacco.

Backs were unique as well, including a schedule of the team in question. While including baseball schedules on products is commonplace now, it was done less on pre-war cards. The back also reminds consumers to choose Lorillard’s, stating ‘It wins the pennant every year.’

1886 Lorillard’s Plug Tobacco Team Checklist

  1. Chicago
  2. Detroit
  3. New York
  4. Philadelphia

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