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Acquiring The 1887 Chris Fulmer Baseball Card And Other Rarities by Rev. Connell A. McHugh The first regional Major League baseball player to be depicted on a baseball card as far as I know is Chris Fulmer of Tamaqua who played one year for the Washington Nationals in 1884 in the Union League which only lasted for a year and for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association for four years, primarily as a catcher. Both the Union and American Association were considered Major Leagues. Chris Fulmer was born in Tamaqua on July 4,1858 and died in Tamaqua on November 9,1931. Fulmer appeared in 252 games with a career average of .247 and one homerun. He struck out less than 10% of his career at bats. He batted and threw right handed and was 5 foot 8 and weighed 165 pounds. Fulmer began his baseball career playing for the Peoria Reds in Illinois before eventually getting the opportunity to play for the Washington Nationals. After his Major League career ended, he later played in 1890 with both Hamilton

and Montreal in Canada. The original Union Association teams in 1884 were Altoona Mountain cities, Baltimore Union, the Boston Reds, the Chicago Unions, the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, the Philadelphia Keystones, the St. Louis Maroons and Fulmer’s team, the Washington Nationals. I have known for about half a dozen years or so that Chris Fulmer of Tamaqua was the first area player to be depicted on a card that was part of a Major League baseball set. In fact, in 1887, Chris Fulmer appears in 2 sets: the classic and massive Old Judge Cigarette set which covered the years 1887 to 1890 and the Gold Coin (Buchner) one. I acquired the Gold Coin Chris Fulmer card which is in color. The Old Judge Cigarette set is one of the most fascinating sets ever produced. It is one of the first baseball sets and also the largest one ever made. Thee cards were issued by the Goodwin and Company tobacco firm in their Old

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Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes. The size of the cards vary with 7/16 inches by 2 ½ inches the norm. Over 500 players are depicted, quite a few with more than one card as well as multiple player cards. The cards are black and white and blank backed. Few Old Judge cards have the first name of the player and misspellings of players names are common. Some cards were numbered, others were not. Chris Fulmer appears on two cards, one by himself with a bat in hand and another tagging Tommy Tucker. The 1887 Gold Coin (Buchner) set contains the card of Chris Fulmer that I acquired. Fulmer is number 58 in the set. I found the Gold Coin cards to be more attractive since the cards are in color. The cards were manufactured by Buchner and Company for its Gold Coin brand of chewing tobacco. The cards are larger than the Old Judge ones measuring 1 and ¾ inch by 3 inches. Some collectors do not like this set since the cards are drawings of players rather

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