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1914-1915 Federal League Tobacco Tin
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,541
The Federal League was short lived, lasting only two seasons (1914-1915), but in that brief period of time a number of manufacturers sought to capitalize on the popularity of the new league. Offered here is one such retail piece in the form of an exceedingly rare "Federal League" cigar tin. The cylindrical tin features an identical generic illustration of a game-in-progress scene on each side; one in color and the other in black-and-white. The name "Federal League" is lettered above the illustration. This is an extremely rare tin (in fact, this is the only "Federal League" cigar tin we have ever seen or heard of) that is of great significance to both tobacco tin and Federal League collectors. Its outstanding graphics make this tin particularly appealing for display. The side of the label featuring the color illustration displays moderate wear, including a few abrasions, but displays as Excellent. The opposite side, with the black-and-white illustration, is heavily stained and is in Fair condition. The words "Federal League" are written in pencil on one of the sides in between the two illustrations. The stampings on the bottom of the tin read "Factory No. 638, First Dist. Ill" and "50" (most likely denoting the number of cigars the tin originally held). In Good to Very Good condition overall. Diameter: 5.5 inches. Height: 5 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,541
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