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Lot # 1387 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1892 N266 Lorillard Boxing Card Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $474

Collection of six "Boxing Positions and Boxers" cards produced by P. Lorillard Co. in 1892. This is one of the premier nineteenth-century boxing sets and is known for its distinctive design and great rarity. Catalogued N266, each card features a full-color illustration of two famous fighters battling, with a different boxing maneuver titled at the top. The reverse of each card shows match purse and results, fighter weights, and the place and date of the bout, along with advertising for P. Lorillard Company's Red Cross Long Cut Tobacco brand. We have often thought that if this 25-card set were a baseball issue of the same quality and rarity, these cards would be among the most valuable of all baseball cards. This collection consists of the following: Choyinski/Goddard (PSA GOOD 2), Dawson/Needham (PSA GOOD 2), Fitzsimmons/Dempsey (Pr/Fr), Jackson/Slavin (Pr/Fr), Kilrain/Smith (PSA VG-EX 4), and Murphy/Weir (Pr/Fr). Each of the three ungraded cards presents Vg to Vg-Ex on the front but have been downgraded due to paper loss on the reverse. Even in the old American Card Catalog Burdick valued this issue at 50 cents per card, far more than most nineteenth-century issues, including N162 (25 cents each), N28 (10 cents), N29 (30 cents), and N43 (40 cents). This is only the third time we have offered N266s in any quantity in our many years! Extremely rare boxing cards such as these are currently valued at a very small fraction of similarly rare and substantial baseball cards. In comparison, they represent an extraordinary collecting value. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $474

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