1888 Allen & Ginter World’s Dudes Set and Checklist (N31)

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Title Allen & Ginter World’s Dudes (N31)
Year 1888
Size  1 7/16″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set

1888 Allen & Ginter World’s Dudes Set Overview

N31 World's Dudes TennisN31 World's Dudes BoxingLike other 1880s Allen & Ginter issues, these cards were packaged in their cigarette products. Backs of the cards state that one was included in each box of ten cigarettes.

Cards feature colorful lithographic pictures. The set depicted ‘dudes’ from around the world and men in various occupations. It is, as a result, mostly a non-sports set. However, two main sports cards are found in it – a generic boxer and tennis player.

The cards are not scarce but not overly common. Even though the boxer and tennis player are unnamed and not specific athletes, there is still demand for these cards among collectors because of the early depiction of those sports. While these two are the keys for most collectors, other minor sports are also featured, including yachting, polo, rowing, and a few others.

Backs of the cards included a checklist of the entire set.

1888 Allen & Ginter World’s Dudes Set Checklist

  1. Amsterdam Baker
  2. Artist
  3. Billiard
  4. Bouevard
  5. Bowery
  6. Boxing
  7. Chinese
  8. Coaching
  9. Cockney
  10. Cotillion
  11. Danish
  12. English Diplomate
  13. English Horseguards
  14. English Tourist
  15. Fifth Avenue
  16. Fishing
  17. Fox Hunting
  18. Frankfort
  19. French Country
  20. German Army
  21. German Student
  22. Hoboken
  23. Hoffman House
  24. Irish
  25. London
  26. Long Branch
  27. Magyar
  28. Mexican
  29. Mike
  30. Neapolitan
  31. Planter
  32. Polo
  33. Promenade
  34. Roman
  35. Rowing Club
  36. Russian
  37. Scotch
  38. Sea-Side
  39. Signor Macaroni
  40. Skater
  41. Society Actor
  42. Stock
  43. Studio
  44. Tennis
  45. Tenor
  46. Toboggan
  47. Torero
  48. Turkish
  49. Tyrol
  50. Yachting

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