Friday, December 21, 2012

Original Allen & Ginter Week: The Finale - Fish!

Welcome to the final "Original Allen & Ginter" theme week post here at Nachos Grande.  As is often my custom, I'm going to end the week with a proverbial bang!  There is one set of original Allen & Ginter cards that I'm actually trying to complete - and the cards in today's post amount to 12% of the set!  I am, of course, talking about the 50 Fish from American Waters set from 1889.

I've talked about my love of this set before.  In fact, if you are yearning for more posts talking about old Allen & Ginter cards, here's some from my blog archives:

It all started with my an eBay purchase of three vintage Allen & Ginter cards (2 of which were fish).
A few weeks later, I managed to nab another three fish off of eBay.
I then found a nice book of all the fish images online which I posted on my blog for posterity.
About a month or so later, I was fortunate enough to catch three more fish!
I kept the collection going by NOT spending $20 on a blaster of some Topps set that I don't really care for.
Finally, in early September I was able to add two new fish, plus an upgrade of one of the cards I already owned.

That brings us to today - and the reason I wanted to hold Original Allen & Ginter Week so bad.  I have another SIX cards to show off from the set!

We begin with the Pampano.

The front of the card is in pretty good condition - as is the back given the age of the card.  Someone did write a number 38 on the card which would have been cool if the Pampano was the 38th card in the set (in alphabetical order) but alas, it is not.

Next, the Red Snapper.

There's a tiny bit of paper loss near the front of the Snapper, but otherwise the front is sharp looking.  The back has quite a bit of paper loss, though it's still in better shape than some of my other fish cards!

The Searobin:

I felt like I hit the jackpot on this batch of fish cards (at least compared to many of the other cards I acquired in the past) because the condition seemed much, much better.  The Searobin has no major flaws on the front at all and the back is almost as nice!

The Skate:

The Skate has some sort of staining on the front, but it sort of adds to the card because it looks like the skate is swimming in some kind of murky water.  The back is a little rough as well, this card has glue residue on it (at least that's what I'm guessing/hoping the residue is).

The Spanish Mackerel:

With only slight blemishes on the front and some glue marks on the back, the Mackerel is another fine addition to my fish collection.

And finally, the Whitebait.

This is probably the most boring cards (in terms of card image) but it's still a great looking card.  Unfortunately, the back has big chunks of paper missing - but they can't all be pristine (at least not in my budget)!

With the six fish, I now own 17 different cards from the set (34%).  If I can mange another 34% of the set next year and the year after, I'll have the set complete before 2015!  That may sound like a long time, but when you consider the set is from 1889, it's amazing to even think it is possible!

I hope you all enjoyed the week's worth of original Allen & Ginter posts!  I'm always curious to know what original cards you might own - feel free to leave a comment and/or a link to a post (or posts) where you talk about your cards!


cynicalbuddha said...

It might just be the Fisheries Biologist in me, but this is my favorite set.

Hackenbush said...

One my favorite sets is from a little later, 1910. It's the T30 Arctic Series,

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