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Lot # 83 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1886 N370 Lone Jack Cigarettes Welsh

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,280.00

Graded NM 84 by SGC, the only example at that level, with none graded higher. Exceedingly rare sample card of Curt Welsh from the Lone Jack Cigarettes series. The Lone Jack set, issued by the Lone Jack Cigarette Company of Lynchburg, Virginia, features portraits of the 1886 Brownie Champs. The thirteen-card set actually uses the very same portraits as appear in the N172 Old Judge Brownie Champ series, but cropped more closely, and with advertising for Lone Jack Cigarettes surrounding the players' portraits in the background. Their unusual design and great rarity distinguish them as one of the most interesting of all nineteenth-century baseball issues. Lone Jacks have a similarity to Old Judges, but have no direct connection to Goodwin, and may have been regionally issued only in Virginia. Superb photo quality. Clean front and back. Lone Jacks are so rare that a complete set has never been assembled. This is a tremendous high-grade sample from this very rare pre-1900 tobacco set. In fact, this is the highest-grade Lone Jack of any player ever graded by SGC, PSA, or GAI. In Near Mint condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $9,280.00

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