I was so happy with my "Wild Bill" Hutchison, that I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on another long-forgotten name, one Marty Sullivan. However, this time I opted for a card from another one of their series - Pioneer Portraits.
Pioneer Portraits features players and baseball dignitaries from 1875-99 in a portrait format. They take inspiration from the studio portraits & carte de visites (CDVs). All in all, they make for a quite classy baseball card:
2014 Ars Longa 1887 Original
Plus, another excellent job with the advertisement on the back; it really adds a lot to the aura. These truly are "art" cards!
As for the player depicted, there's not a lot of information available about Mr. Sullivan. What I do know is that he was an outfielder in the NL from 1887-91. He broke in with the Cubs (then White Stockings) as an everyday outfielder with Anson and Co. In 115 games in '87, he batted .284 with 7 HR and 77 RBI as a key offensive piece.
The 1887 Chicago White Stockings; can you spot Marty?
After stints with the Boston Beaneaters and Cleveland Spiders, he was done with Major League Baseball by 1891.
And that, my friends, is all I can dig up about Mr. Marty Sullivan.
In conclusion (now this feels like a high school English paper), I recommend adding at least one Ars Longa art card to your cardboard collection. If for nothing else than the novelty factor; they are really cool to look at after all!
Note - they're only produced in limited runs. You can check out which cards they are currently selling right here.