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Vintage Baseball Cards from the Collection of Senator Richard B. Russell

Among the largest private collections of turn-of-the-century tobacco cards held by a public institution in the United States, Senator Richard B. Russell's boyhood baseball card collection is one of the hidden treasures of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Study at the University of Georgia.

The Russell collection contains over one thousand baseball cards produced by the American Tobacco Company between the years 1909-1911.

The tobacco cards in the Russell collection offer a rare, private glimpse into the lifelong passions of a very public figure. Library staff discovered these keepsakes neatly stacked in cigar boxes and stored on a top shelf in the senator's bedroom closet. His estate executors decided to include them as part of his larger research collection at the Russell Library and to offer the public an opportunity to enjoy these delightful objects as well.

Browse the guides to the Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection with a listing of the boxes and individual folders contained therein is available.