Many early examples of baseball cards are actually advertisements for different retail shops. The Tobin Color Lithographs stand out from others that came out in the era because of the detailed caricatures. It's a small set of ten cards, but the lineup is very impressive.
Mike "King" Kelly of the Boston Beaneaters
Cap Anson of the Chicago White Stockings
Dan Brouthers of the Detroit Wolverines
Jack Glasscock of the Indianapolis Hoosiers
Tim Keefe of the New York Giants
Mickey Welch of the New York Giants
Ed Andrews of the Philadelphia Athletics
Charlie Ferguson of the Philadelphia Athletics
Jim McCormick of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys
Paul Hines of the Washington Senators
I can't even decide which I like the most. They all have a strange appeal. The cards remind me of the illustrations in a Humpty Dumpty storybook I read when I was very young.
I would be hard pressed to find them in my collection because my team did not exist yet, but I would never say no to having them in my collection. I love all the oddities you can find and the great artwork out there, if you just dig a little. This set is definitely out of Topps' comfort zone.