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1889 N526 Number 7 Cigar M. J. Madden SGC EX+ 70 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $720

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. This is the only example graded at this level with none higher! Remarkable example of M. J. Madden of the Boston Beaneaters from the exceedingly rare 1889 Number 7 Cigar series. 1889 Number 7 Cigars are one of the rarest and most unusual nineteenth-century tobacco trade-card sets. This fifteen-card set was issued in 1889 and features line-drawn portraits of members of the Boston Nationals. The cards were issued in several variations which relate to the advertising on the cards. The back of the cards feature ads for either Diamond S Cigars or Number 7 Cigars. Cards with “C.S. White & Co.” stamped at the top are also known. C.S. White & Co. was very likely a tobacco shop that distributed the cards. All cards from this issue are commonly referred to as “Number 7 Cigars” as almost all cards known feature advertising on the reverse for that brand of tobacco. These unusual large cards, which each measure 2.25 x 4 inches, are incredibly rare and are not often seen in any condition. This example of Madden is one of only two cards ever graded EX+ 70 by SGC (the other, Hart, also appears in this auction), and only two cards from the entire set have ever graded higher by SGC (both EX/NM 80). Crisp and clean, with a flawless surface, four square corners, and a clean reverse. This is an extremely attractive and very significant sample from this seldom-seen nineteenth-century issue.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400++. SOLD FOR $720

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