1887 Four Base Hits Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Four Base Hits
Year 1887
Size 2 1/4″ x 3 7/8″
Images Sepia
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set

1887 Four Base Hits Overview

4BH Daily.jpg

The 1887 Four Base Hits set is another rare 19th Century tobacco card issue.

The set includes various baseball players with the familiar sepia tone used in other N-card issues. A player image, name, and position are on the front of the card along with the brief advertisement “Smoke Four Base Hits” at the bottom. Backs of the cards are blank.

The cards were apparently so rare that they were not known to master collector Jefferson Burdick, who did not catalog them in his American Card Catalog.

To date, very few of these have been found. And when they turn up, they can be found in obscure places and not in traditional collections. One of only two John Clarkson cards known to date, for example, was found in 2015 in a Bible. Several of the cards have only one or two known examples.

According to SGC’s population report, the card supposedly picturing Tido Daily actually pictures player turned legendary preacher Billy Sunday.

1887 Four Base Hits Checklist

  1. John Clarkson
  2. Tido Daily
  3. Pat Deasley
  4. Mike Dorgan
  5. Buck Ewing
  6. Pete Gillespie
  7. Frank Hankinson
  8. Tim Keefe
  9. King Kelly
  10. Al Mays
  11. James Mutrie
  12. Jim O’Rourke
  13. Chief Roseman
  14. James Ryan
  15. Marty Sullivan
  16. Rip Van Haltren
  17. John Ward
  18. Mickey Welch

While Deasley and Roseman appear in most checklists for this set, I have not been able to verify them.

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