1888 N29 Allen & Ginter
William Ewing

Issued in 1888 by the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Company of Richmond, Virginia. This N29 series of 50 "World's Champions" athletes included six baseball players, most important of whom was Hall-of-Fame catcher William "Buck" Ewing. Ewing was one of the nineteenth century's greatest players. He enjoyed an 18-year big league career (1880 - 1897). Ewing had a career batting average of .303, and was regularly among the league leaders in triples, in an era when triples were the gold-standard for measuring a player's offensive power. Ewing was also known for his tremendous defensive prowess at the catcher's position, especially his ability to throw out opposing base runners. In 1939, he was one of the first nineteenth century players to be elected into the Hall-of-Fame.

One of just a very few nineteenth century cards graded MINT 9 by PSA, this example has gorgeous eye-appeal. The surface quality is outstanding with no detracting marks or blemishes, the wonderfully detailed illustration of Ewing is bold and brightly colored with crystal-clear registration, and the entire card radiates a soft satiny sheen. Tied with one other copy for the finest PSA graded example.

Sold in 2014