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Lot # 63 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1910 Frank Baker Cigar Box

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,610.00

The only known Frank Baker cigar box. Frank Baker was "the toast of the town" in Philadelphia with the Championship Athletics, hitting two home runs in the 1911 World Series, and leading the A's to World Championships in 1910, 1911, and 1913. It seems fitting that Baker should be rewarded with his very own brand of cigars. It is very possible that Frank Baker Cigars was a regional Philadelphia issue, which might in part explain the incredible rarity of the box. This box was unknown at all until discovered just a few years ago, when it turned up in a Philadelphia-area auction and was purchased by our consignor. In addition to the large interior label featuring Baker's portrait, a smaller exterior side label also features Baker's portrait and wraps from the right side to the underside of the wooden box. "Frank Baker" appears on the top and one side panel, along with remnants of the original tax stamps. This is a particularly impressive box, both because of its exceptional display value, and because this is one of the earliest of all player-endorsed cigar boxes, featuring one of the most well known Hall of Famers of the day. In overall Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,610.00

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