I was surfing the tobacco card section of eBay and found that someone was selling a pair of 1888 N29 ALLEN & GINTER'S CHAMPIONS tobacco cards and they were sitting at a buck a piece. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why.
Then I read the description which stated, "May have been clipped off of original advertising poster or one of the premium albums." But for a buck I was willing to gamble that their backs looked like this:
because they were clipped from an album and not an advertisement. Once I got them in hand, I fear they are advert clippings. And while they seem to be pretty old, I can't be certain that they are pre-1900 cardboard pieces.
Be that as it may, these fellas are gonna look great in my 2012 Mustache Portraits collection.