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1886 NY Baseball Club Cigar Box Lid

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,392.00

This 1886 New York Giants team photograph at first glance appears to be a large cabinet card. In fact, this is a "New York Base Ball Club Cigar" cigar box lid with a photographic label. The photograph is affixed to the wooden lid, as issued. Only the lid has survived. (No entire box is known; this is the only box lid we have ever seen.) The Giants appear in uniform posed on the field with stands in the background. Included are Hall of Famers John Ward, James O'Rourke, Buck Ewing, Mickey Welch, and Tim Keefe, as well as Manager Jim Mutrie, front and center. It is very interesting to note that "Copyright by James Mutrie 1886" appears in the lower right, suggesting that perhaps this brand was sponsored by the Giants, or personally by Mutrie. The top of the lid has an imprint for "Flor de R.V.A." and has a partial "The New York Ball Club Cigar" side label still affixed along the right side. This is a fascinating and very substantial early cigar box lid with much in common with the team cabinet cards of the day. The photograph is slightly faded; the lid is otherwise in about Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,392.00

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