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1887 N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" SGC-Graded Collection (9)

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,080

Collection of nine extremely rare N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" series cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" are among the rarest of all nineteenth-century tobacco cards. In fact, this is the largest group we have ever offered (and only the third time we have had even an N269 sample). This collection consists of the following (all POOR 10 unless noted): #10 Charley Mitchell (FAIR 20), 13 Jem Mace, 15 Tug Wilson, 25 Jem Carney, 33 Tom Hyer, 40 Jack Dempsey, 41 Patsy Sheppard, 42 Bill Poole, and 43 Jake Kilrain. This is an attractive group despite the modest assigned grades, which are due to minor tears and paper loss from album removal on the reverse. Extremely rare boxing cards such as these are currently valued at a very small fraction of the value of similarly rare and substantial baseball cards. In comparison, they represent an extraordinary value. Just ten years ago, N167 1886 Old Judge baseball cards, which are designed utilizing a very similar engraving process as N269 Lorillard Boxers, were highly prized by only the few most knowledgeable collectors, and not "on the radar" of most collectors. While boxing cards may always be valued far less than similarly rare baseball cards, these boxing cards are of a similar rarity to N167s, and, in our opinion, are deserving of a special reverence among collectors of rare boxing cards. Total: 9 cards. SOLD FOR $1,080

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