Prior to being bought up by the Milton Bradley brand in 1920, McLoughlin Brothers of New York published a variety of games, paper dolls and children's books. For sports card hobbyists, their most important creation is an 1888 line of baseball cut-outs. Issued in sheets of eleven with the printed legend "Amusement for Boys to Cut Out", these paper dolls were offered for several different teams.
Here we have an 1888 Chicago White Stockings near set of (10/11). Uniformed in blue and with white caps and socks, these early blank-backed baseball cards are generally attractive, however 90% have added paper adhered to the backs, to enable standing them up. With deference to the added paper, they present average GD to VG+ details.
The various poses of the examples present in this near set are commonly known as: 1.) “Hands on Legs Facing Left”; 2.) “Crouch Square Buckle”; 3.) “Crouch, Elbows In”; 4.) Crouch, Rectangular Buckle”; 5.) "Batting"; 6.) "Right Hand Over Left Arm”; 7.) "Left Arm Dangles"; 8.) "Throwing"; 9.) "Back View"; and 10.) "Street Clothes" (man in suit, sometimes referred to as the manager).
The one absent card is known as "Hand at Hat".