The hobby of paper money can lay claim to a place in the baseball
universe with advertising notes that used a baseball-theme in their designs.
Advertising notes were often issued by businesses, and most were
“good fors” offering customers a discount as an incentive to buy.
Throughout the late 1880s and 1890s, a number of businesses took
advantage of the popularity of baseball to attract customers.
One example, an advertising note for the Wallblom & Thoorsell
Furniture House in St. Paul, Minn., features a portrait of Chicago
baseball great Albert Goodwill Spalding on the face.
Spalding played on the Boston Red Stockings team and was a pitcher
for the Chicago White Stockings; he was active as a player on those
two teams during the 1870s. Later he served as president and
part-owner of the Chicago team. He’s credited with writing the first
set of official baseball rules. He also co-founded the Spalding
sporting goods company.
The back design of the furniture store’s advertising note features
several vignettes of the players of the Chicago White Stockings
baseball team from 1887, including Billy Sunday, Frank Sylvester
“Silver” Flint and Adrian “Cap” Anson. Sunday, who played on Chicago
and Philadelphia professional baseball teams from 1883 to 1890, may be
today the best known player from the team. He eventually traded the
baseball field for the pulpit. The back design also states that the
note is good for a 2 percent discount on purchases of $5 or more.
Advertising notes are usually classified under "obsolete
notes" when looking through catalogs or dealer's fixed-price lists.