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Lot # 1660 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 G16 Allen & Ginter "Racing Colors of the World" Tobacco Banner

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $16,590.00

Outstanding full-color advertising poster (18 x 28 inches) for the N22 "Racing Colors of the World" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Produced by "Shumacher & Ettlinger, N.Y.," as noted in print along the base. The banner, which advertises for Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 and Virginia Brights Cigarettes, pictures all fifty cards offered in the set. Catalogued G-16 in the original American Card Catalog, this extremely rare tobacco banner is one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $10, at a time when the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued at a then very impressive $50. These banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores, to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting. The offered banner appears to have been dry mounted and displays a number of minor flaws, including slight creasing and tiny border tears, all of which have been effectively ameliorated by the mounting process. The poster displays magnificently with a strong Excellent overall appearance. Framed to total dimensions of 25 x 35 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $16,590.00

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