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  • Baseball Currency - 1888

    Hi Guys,

    I came across this interesting item at an antique store. It appears to be some form on promotional currency tied to a show store in Worcester, Mass. It is in very nice shape and dates back to the late 1880's. Can anyone tell me anything about the origins of this item? Also, I would like to make an offer to purchase but neither the owner nor I have an idea what it might be valued at. Any help you might be able to provide is greatly appreciated.

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  • #2
    Cool item.
    Set of 8. Considered advertising trade cards.
    Prices vary but should average around $700 or so.
    Check some auction results on sites like heritage or transfer for a better guage on value


    • #3
      Thanks Jim, much appreciated!


      • #4
        What Jim said. Issued over three years 1887, 1888, and 1889. Chicago and Detroit teams. There is an article in VCP by Jerry Stillman on them. The one you posted appears to be trimmed on the bottom. Comes with different overprints from a lot of different retailers. I'm not aware of any premium for any particular overprint.


        • #5
          Very cool baseball currency. These Obsolete notes also include an 1893 All Star note. Plus in 1887 and 1888 there are St Louis team notes as well. The one Jon posted is from 1888. The advertisers do have a premium on them, depending on where they were distributed at. Deadwood a territory back in 1888 is a desirable note along with West Coast asvertisers as well. Ive been collecting these things for decades. Hopefully Jon scored his note from the antique store! Always looking for these rare notes and would love to trade or buy outright for them.