4.20.2010

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter
R.L. Caruthers

 











So I never thought I could afford an original Allen and Ginter baseball card.

But about a week ago, this card popped up on eBay. It was the worst A&G I had ever seen. First off I had never seen one that had turned brown, they're usually bright white. Even the ones in lesser condition are white.
I had my doubts if this card was real so I wasn't willing to go too high with the bid. I was a winner at a little over $25.

After winning, I contacted the seller to get some background. He said he thought it could have been part  of his grandfather's collection, but he wasn't sure.

I figured it was worth the risk.

It arrived today and I have a feeling it's authentic. The card is surely old. The pin holes and cracks really show the card's age. I figure if it were to be reproduced it would be sometime in the 1980s. And this card is way older than 30 years old.

I don't think it's worth having authenticated. I may show it to a few people and see what they think but as far as I'm concerned it's the real deal.

Anyone out there have an opinion?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What, you aren't going to get it graded?

Are No said...

Man, that is one grizzled card. Sweet!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Caruthers was laminated onto a decorative box or tabletop at one time...is the back of the card intact?

Collective Troll said...

I saw that card on ebay! I watched it for a while, but it got priced out of my league... I wondered if the buyer craved it because it was SO bad. I love it! Great card!

POBC said...

Thanks for the comments. The card's back is intact and while the card appears like it could have been laminated, it wasn't. I think it's just been beaten by the sun. My guess it that it was pinned to the wall for decades. It's pretty bad but super cool anyways. And yes, if it were merely in good condition I'm not sure I would have been as interested. It would also have been out of my price range.