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Circa 1930 Bambino Tobacco Tin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,040
Attractive example of this classic baseball tobacco tin which is highly regarded in both the baseball and advertising collecting fields. The striking design of the Bambino tin, which sets a black-and-white silhouette of the Babe's mighty swing against a bright red background, has always made this a favorite among baseball and advertising collectors. It is interesting to note that Bambino Smoking Tobacco was not actually endorsed by Ruth. By using only one of Ruth's many nicknames ("Bambino") and picturing a silhouette instead of a more detailed image, Bailey Brothers, Inc., the tobacco company that produced Bambino, was able to avoid paying royalties for Ruth's formal endorsement. Tobacco tins rarely survive without some scrapes, chips, and rust, and this example is no exception. Minor scratches are evident on the front and reverse, as are a few tiny "dings" and minor oxidation to the lid and base. Small remnants of tax stamps remain affixed to the lid, reverse, and each side. In Very Good condition overall. This is a very pleasing mid-grade example and one that is ideal for display. Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.25 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600+. SOLD FOR $2,040
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