1888 N88 Duke’s Cigarettes Terrors of America Includes Baseball

‘It’s In The Details’

Title N88 Duke’s Cigarettes Terrors of America
Year 1888
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set
50

N88 Duke’s Cigarettes Terrors of America Overview

The 1888 N88 Duke’s Cigarettes Terrors of America includes1888-terrors-of-america both sports and non-sports cards. Included in the set is a handful of baseball-themed cards.

The cards depict a number of boys in different situations. There are full color images on the fronts and the backs include a complete checklist of the entire set.

Boys are nameless and the images are generic. Still, despite that, these cards are still sought after by pre-war baseball card collectors.

One interesting fact is that while sometimes classified as having a football card, that is not really the case. Card No. 3 in the set (in order of appearance on the checklist on the backs of the cards) is called ‘Foot Ball.’ On the picture, a boy is seen clutching his shin in pain. Some collectors, without having seen the card, have jumped to conclusion and assumed that the card is an early football card when it, in fact, is a baseball issue. The boy grabbing his shin appears to have hit a baseball off of it.

That is evident because he is seen holding a stick of some sort and a small, baseball-shaped sphere is in the picture. Further evidence shows two boys in the background with a base on the ground.

A larger, jumbo set of these cards was also produced with the N136 set.

N88 Duke’s Cigarettes Terrors of America Checklist

Here is a checklist of the entire set. Note that the final card, Thanksgiving Day, is not listed on the N88 backs and only 49 cards appear in that listing.

  1. The Umpire
  2. The Pitcher
  3. Foot Ball
  4. A Stunt
  5. The Catcher
  6. Swimming
  7. Kite Time
  8. Snow Balling
  9. The Figure Eight
  10. Election Night
  11. Pot a Boilin
  12. Big Bite
  13. Hide and Seek
  14. Save the Core
  15. The Dude
  16. A Turkish Bath
  17. Wid me one Hand
  18. What a Find
  19. Before Election
  20. Tug of War
  21. Fishing
  22. Watch me hit him
  23. Line up back there
  24. The Boss Fighter
  25. Playing Nurse
  26. Brick in Hat
  27. Ain’t she a beauty
  28. Extra! Extra!
  29. Rabbit Hunter
  30. Please come home
  31. Maud S
  32. Spread the Eagle
  33. Hit a feller yer size
  34. Knuckle down
  35. Get off there
  36. In the First Class
  37. Leap Frog
  38. Let her go slow
  39. De Boss of de Gang
  40. Boss Whistler
  41. Tappy-on-the-Window
  42. My New Duds
  43. Out in Left Field
  44. Me Galluses is gone wrong
  45. Playing Buffalo Bill
  46. Out on first
  47. The Boss Short Stop
  48. I didn’t steal no apples
  49. Clean it for a quarter
  50. Thanksgiving Day

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