1887-93 Baseball Currency Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Baseball Currency
Year 1887-93
Size 3 1/2″ x 7 3/4 ″
Images Black and White
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set

Baseball Currency Overview

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One of the more unique pre-war card era collectibles is the baseball currency produced in the late 1800s. The currency served as advertising for several companies.

Fronts included a picture of either the team owner or manager as well as a generic player. The backs included small portraits of an entire team

The currency was, of course, not real money. Rather, companies used these as advertisements and coupons for their own business. Inadvertently, they created a now valuable collectible worth more than any discount they were offering.

The currency remains popular with collectors. Despite having significant value, it allows collectors to affordably purchase items tied to some of the biggest stars in the game all one one item as some notes include multiple Hall of Famers and stars.

A total of eight different notes exist spanning various years for Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and a special All-Stars team. Featuring Hall of Famers Cap Anson, King Kelly, Charles Comiskey, and others, the All-Stars note is particularly valuable. One sold for nearly $3,000 in 2014.

Baseball Currency Checklist

  1. Chicago (1887)
  2. Chicago (1888)
  3. Chicago (1889)
  4. Detroit (1887)
  5. Detroit (1888)
  6. MLB All-Stars
  7. St. Louis (1887)
  8. St. Louis (1888)

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