Allen & Ginter

Allen & Ginter World’s Champions 1st series (ACC# N28)

Allen & Ginter’s The World’s Champions set (ACC # N28) was the 1st series of a multi-sport set released in the late 19th century. Several sports are highlighted including baseball and boxing.

This set consisted of 50 unnumbered cards, split up into baseball players, oarsmen, wrestlers, pugilists, rifle shooters, billiard players and pool players. Anyone know the difference between a billiard player and a pool player? Sounds like the beginning of a joke but apparently there is a difference as this set split them up.

N28_MVignaux N28_AlbertFrey

Who is the billiard player and who is the pool player?

Depending on the condition of the card and who is depicted, you can currently find these cards for anywhere from $20-30 dollars to several hundred or more.

John L Sullivan - Boxer
John L Sullivan - Boxer
Allen & Ginter

Allen & Ginter Quadrupeds Checklist (ACC# N21 & N41)

Here is a listing of the cards that make up the N21 & N41 Quadruped Allen & Ginter sets. The card subjects are the same for both sets with the N41 set being the larger format. Both sets have 50 cards.

  1. Antelope
  2. Armadillo
  3. Badger
  4. Beaver
  5. Bighorn
  6. Black Bear
  7. Bloodhound
  8. Boar
  9. Buffalo
  10. Camel
  11. Chamois
  12. Deer
  13. Dromedary
  14. Elephant
  15. Fox
  16. Flying Squirrel
  17. Grey Squirrel
  18. Giraffe
  19. Gnu
  20. Grizzly Bear
  21. Hippopotamus
  22. Hyena
  23. Ibex
  24. Jaguar
  25. Kangaroo
  26. Leopard
  27. Lion
  28. Llama
  29. Lynx
  30. Marten
  31. Monkey
  32. Moose
  33. Musk Ox
  34. Opossum
  35. Orangoutang
  36. Otter
  37. Peccary
  38. Porcupine
  39. Polar Bear
  40. Prairie Dog
  41. Puma
  42. Raccoon
  43. Reindeer
  44. Rhinoceros
  45. Tapir
  46. Tiger
  47. Walrus
  48. Wolf
  49. Zebra
  50. Zebu
Allen & Ginter

Allen & Ginter Quadrupeds (ACC# N21 & N41)

Allen & Ginter issued two Quadruped sets in the 1890s. These cards depict, you guessed it, quadrupeds of various sorts. The definition of a quadruped is “An animal having four feet, as most mammals and reptiles; often restricted to the mammals.” Definition courtesy of

The first set (N21) is the standard size of the period, roughly 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches, and consists of 50 cards.

N21 Hyena
N21 Hyena
N21 Back
N21 Back

The N41 set (also 50 cards) is a larger format, approximately 3 x 3 1/4 inches. The N41 cards show the same picture as the corresponding N21 card with additional designs on the borders.

N41 Rhino
N41 Rhino
N41 Back
N41 Back
Currier And Ives

Currier & Ives Trade Cards

Currier & Ives prints (1835 – 1907) cover a vast spectrum of subjects and types. I’m focusing on the tobacco and trade cards here (also documented in the American Card Catalog). There’s tons of good information on the web – just google (or Bing) it…

Many of the trade cards will have some business information printed on them as well, making them more interesting in my opinion. The card below is classified in the Comic Titles category in the ACC but this particular one has an ad for a tobacconist.

Caught Napping
Caught Napping

I believe there’s somewhere close to 200 different trade cards with who knows how many variations. They don’t seem to come up all that often on eBay but are findable.

Crack Shot
Crack Shot
The Pet of the Fancy
The Pet of the Fancy
Clipper Ships

More Clipper ship cards

Found some more cool examples of clipper ship cards:

There can be multiple cards for a particular ship, here’s two for the Panama. The first is for New York to San Francisco and the second from San Francisco to Australia. Don’t know if these cards are from the same trip (different legs) or not.

Panama - NY to SF
Panama to Australia
Panama - SF to Australia

The designs also range from the very plain to really elaborate:

Bunker Hill
Bunker Hill

Looks like the majority of these cards were produced by Nesbitt & Co. printers, although alot of cards don’t state who printed them. I’ll post more interesting examples and information as I find it.

Clipper Ships

John Tucker Clipper Ship

I’ve just recently discovered clipper ship cards and find them very interesting.  Beautiful printing and the historical aspect are what attract me.  The image below is a card for the John Tucker which was owned and operated by Sutton & Co. with Frank Hallett as the ship’s master. A recent example of this card sold on eBay for $1,250. Apparently most cards in decent condition sell around this price range.

This card is advertising the run from New York to San Francisco and is printed by Nesbit & Co.

John Tucker
John Tucker

You can find more basic information about clipper ship cards HERE and more examples HERE.