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With more Americans having more “free time,” sports and leisure pastimes were becoming more popular and more profitable in the first 25 years after the Civil War. After the fall of the Confederacy and the tremendous toll the war took on the states, Americans needed outlets for levity, conversation, and peace of mind. The merger of entertainment and collecting was perfect for the Victorian era. Collecting things, sometimes unimaginable things, was highly popular in Victorian households and offered hosts and hostesses forums for conversations and polite parlor visits from guests. Based on the popularity of the Old Judge and Gypsy Queen baseball card sets, the Goodwin & Company brand set its sights on a larger prize with its ornate Champions (N162) set, featuring the greats of the sporting world. This gloriously preserved relic was designed to hold the complete 50 card Champions set, which would allow for proper discussions of the baseball exploits of Cap Anson, the Kentucky Derby finish of the champion horseman Isaac Murphy, the shooting exploits of Captain Bogardus and Annie Oakley or the striking good looks of King Kelly, who was in demand as both a ball player and a male model. Before radio and TV, at a time when news travelled at the speed of transportation the tiny cards within this album held the news and images of the day, of champions who fascinated the masses as America came of age.
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1888 A36 Goodwin Champion Album

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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,279.25
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Friday, March 28, 2014.
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