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1884 Climax Tobacco Advertising Display

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,475.00

Exceptionally rare 1884 Climax Tobacco advertising poster. This poster, entitled "Representatives of Professional Base Ball in America," is one of the most impressive of all nineteenth-century baseball display pieces. The sepia-toned lithograph features portraits of many of the game's most noteworthy pioneers. Included are A.G. Mills, N.E. Young, Al Spalding, Harry Wright, Cap Anson, Joe Start, Pop Snyder, Buck Ewing, Whitney, Morrill, Bennett, Dan Brouthers, Tim Keefe, Deasley, Hecker and Harry Stovey. All the images are photo-like portraits executed with extraordinary detail. Publishing credit appears in lower right ("Root & Tinker, Tribune Building N.Y. 1884"). The poster has some light staining and several vertical creases which break the surface of the paper. These condition flaws allow a technical grade of only Very Good but do not detract from the extraordinary presentation and impact of this museum-caliber advertising display. This is one of nineteenth-century baseball's premier display pieces. We estimate that fewer than ten examples of this significant rarity are known to exist. The poster measures 19.5 x 26 inches and has been beautifully framed and matted to total dimensions of 26 x 32 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,475.00

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