I'm guessing you know the feeling. Amidst all of this hustle and bustle, mostly centering around cards that are new(ish), I realized that I needed to balance things out. It's time to take a step back and start at the start.
|1886 Lorillard Detroit Wolverines Team Card|
This, my friends, is the first known baseball card of a Detroit-based club. This card predates the Tigers by a good 15 years. The back makes it feel as much like a promotional schedule or poster as it does a card (it is not a card, per se but falls into that category of old cabinet cards and the like):
|1886 Lorillard Detroit Wolverines Team Card (Back)|
And that's really all that I have to say about that. I just wanted to take a step back and see where this whole crazy hobby began.
These images come from Old Cardboard which, based on my initial observations, is the preeminent site for vintage card information. I strongly recommend a visit over there to learn more about the origins of these cards that we spend so much time collecting