The 2013-2015 Redemption Series:
The 2013-2015 Ars Longa Art Cards Redemption Series was inspired by three different baseball products from 1888:
- 1888 Allen & Ginter’s World’s Champions (N43)
- 1888 Joseph Hall cabinets
- 1888 S.F.Hess (N338-2)
1888 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions (N43):
The 1888 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions (N43) series features 50 champion athletes from the world of sports, six of which are baseball players who appear on 3 different baseball-themed backgrounds. The reverses of the baseball cards feature the entire Series Two checklist with an advertisement for Allen & Ginter tobacco located in Richmond, Virginia. The original Allen & Ginter cards measure 3.25″ x 2.875″.
The six players originally featured are:
- Buck Ewing
- Jim Fogarty
- Charlie Getzein
- Doggie Miller
- John Morrill
- Jimmy Ryan
1888 Joseph Hall Cabinets & 1888 S.F. Hess (N338-2):
In 1888, famed Brooklyn studio photographer Joseph Hall photographed members of the World’s Champion New York Giants, both individually and within a team portrait. These images (plus four players from other teams; minus the team portrait) were used to create the 1888 S.F. Hess (N338-2) series of baseball cards. The team portrait would later be redrawn by hand and used to label boxes of Sporting Times Cigars.
2013-2015 Ars Longa Art Cards Redemption Series:
Inspired by the relative preponderance of material from 1888, the world champion theme, and Hall’s portraits, I thought it would be fun to merge the Allen & Ginter design motif with Joseph Hall’s images to create a unique, 1888 World’s Champions of Baseball series of cards.
The 2013-2015 Ars Longa Art Cards Redemption Series is comprised of 20 cards featuring the 19 most prominent members of the 1888 World Champion New York Giants and one team portrait. A series checklist is on the reverse of every card. The cards measure 3″ x 2.75″.
The series is organized into three different alphabetical subsets with a fourth subset consisting of just the team portrait card. Each of the three alphabetical subsets has its own background as inspired by the three different original backgrounds in the Allen & Ginter series. Each subset is marked on the reverse as having originated from one of four different regional facilities in the United States. The four cities represent a nostalgic nod to different phases of my life: I was born in South Boston, attended college in Atlanta, attended graduate school in Boulder and currently live in San Jose.
Here is the checklist:
- Bill Brown
- Roger Connor
- Ed Crane
- Buck Ewing
- Elmer Foster
- Bill George
- George Gore
- Gil Hatfield
- Tim Keefe
- Pat Murphy
- Jim Mutrie
- Jim O’Rourke
- Danny Richardson
- Mike Slattery
- Mike Tiernan
- Cannonball Titcomb
- John Ward
- Mickey Welch
- Art Whitney
- Team Portrait
Cards from the 2013-2015 Ars Longa Art Cards Redemption Series were never sold. They were created specifically for the Redemption Offer and were given free to customers who redeemed their Thank You Coupons. I did not publish the cards on the website until January, 2016 so that I might preserve the element of surprise when folks received them.
- Ten complete sets were created, one card at a time as needed, and issued from 2013-2015
- An eleventh set was created and archived for preservation in the Ars Longa vault
- More than 1,600 Thank You Coupons were redeemed by customers
- The balance of the cards were gifted as Holiday Bonuses each December from 2013 to 2015
- Holiday Bonuses were determined by formula and awarded to the top customers, by dollars spent, from that calendar year
- Three customers were able to collect the entire Redemption Series through the mail-in offer
- Future complete collections of the 2013-2015 Redemption Series will require purchases from the secondary market. If you should complete the series this way, please let me know!