1888 R&S (Rafael/Raphael Tuck and Sons) Die-Cut Set and Checklist
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R&S Die-Cuts Overview
The 1888 R&S Die-Cut set included a total of ten different cards of players representing individual teams. While teams are specified, individual players were not making this a somewhat generic issue.
It is also believed that these images were used as the cutouts affixed to the N352 cards. Each die-cut included a color picture of a player in a various pose. Backs of the cutouts were completely blank.
Note that R&S is an abbreviation of the Raphael Tuck and Sons name. The set is also sometimes spelled as ‘Rafael’ Tuck and Sons but if these were produced by this company, the spelling would be, “Raphael.”
The cards featured players in a variety of poses including both fielding, throwing, and batting. Only one, the card for Boston, featured a player with a bat. All were printed in full color and were standing on top of a patch of grass with their team name at the bottom.
Today, you will mostly find these cards separated and individually. However, they were initially printed with all players attached as one piece. Occasionally you can find them still attached but they will usually sell for a premium.
R&S Die-Cuts Checklist
The team teams represented in the set checklist include:
- New York
- St. Louis