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1888 Goodwin Champions (N162)

The 1888 Goodwin Champions (N162) set consists of 50 cards, each measuring 1-1/2” x 2-5/8”. Inserted in packages of Old Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes, cards feature vivid full color artistic rendering of the athlete against a cloudy sky background with a white border. The player’s last name, position, and team affiliation appear at the top of the card with “Old Judge” or “Gypsy Queen” printed within a box at the extreme bottom border. In total, 18 sports were represented, dominated by the eight baseball players pictured. The set is anchored by Cap Anson (#2), Dan Brouthers (#3), Tim Keefe (#7), King Kelly (#8), Harry Beecher (#12, Jack Dempsey (#17), and John Sullivan (#43). The card for Beecher, captain of the Yale University football team, is considered the first football card ever issued. At the time, the 1888 Goodwin Champions set was one of the major competitors to the N28 and N29 sets marketed by Allen and Ginter.

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