Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Reading Is Fundamental

A while back, I posted about winning an auction that included an Allen & Ginter Fans of the Period (N7) card that I really liked. Since then, I've picked up a more of those cards, mostly in low grade condition. So, I actually was up to 17 unique cards from the 50 card Fans set.

In a recent auction, I saw a lot that was titled as eight higher grade Fans cards. Since most of my current cards were lower grade, I figured I would bid because, even if there was cards in the lot that duplicated what I already had, they would still be upgrades.  And, I ended up winning the auction.

Fast forward to the cards arriving and, as I open the envelope and look at them, they don't look anything remotely like the typical Fans card. So, I flip then over and what do I see?

 That's right. These aren't Allen & Ginter Fans of the Period, they are from the A&G set designated N18 - Parasol Drill.

Figuring that the auction house shipped me the wrong lot, I went back and double checked the auction.  Alas, the lot I won was mistitled, but the underlying description was correct and, if I had bothered to look at the images closely, I would probably have noticed that the subjects weren't actually holding fans.

But, I didn't and I should have darn well known better. So, this is all on me.

Ah well, I guess I am collecting this set now too.  That, or maybe I'll just consider this an early entry into a future N-series Type card collection. Either way, let this be a cautionary tale, boys and girls.  Always, always, always read the full description.


  1. I haven't seen that particular set before, kind of neat!

  2. I guess befuddled as to why these were included in cigarette packs. Did the inclusion of these cards of ladies holding umbrellas sway gentlemen of the period to buy the A&G brand? I'll be the first one to admit I love chasing oddball baseball cards from food brands, but these parasol cards are perplexing. I would love to travel back in time and see what kind of buzz there was for these!

    1. I know exactly what you mean. The auction description (that I failed to read initially) said "The set is one of the less popular sets among the (44) chromolithographed sets that Allen & Ginter produced during the late 1880's into the early 1890's." I presume that refers to the current popularity, but still...

  3. "Fans of the Period" could be taken very much the wrong way.

  4. Way back then, there were no bikini models or anything so this was as close as they got to hot babes.

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