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1880s A11 Allen & Ginter "Quadrupeds" and A33 Duke "Terrors of America" Premium Albums
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300
Presented are two classic premium albums from two of the nineteenth-century's most popular nonsport-card issues. In the 1880s, in addition to insert cards, tobacco companies also offered special albums available only by mail in exchange for coupons (usually 75 or 100) which were packed with tobacco, one coupon per pack. Each premium album features images of all of the subjects (usually 50 different) in a given set, along with additional background artwork. These souvenir albums were the top prizes offered by the tobacco companies, and have long been highly prized by collectors. Many collectors are familiar with the few albums featuring baseball players as they are very popular and expensive. The nonsport albums are just as scarce, yet far more reasonable in price. 1) A11 Allen & Ginter "Quadrupeds." Measures 6 x 9.25 inches and bound along the left edge with string, as designed. Complete as issued, with beautiful colors on front, no creases to the central image, and only light wear at the corners. The back cover displays light creasing. All interior pages are flawless. 2) A33 Duke "Terrors of America." Measures 7 x 10.5 inches and is tightly bound along the left edge. Complete as issued, with vibrant colors on front and back. Light staining and corner wear is visible to both the front and back covers. All interior pages are crisp and clean, including several with baseball and football themes, which have always made this set a favorite with both sport and nonsport collectors. This is an impressive pair of nonsport tobacco premium albums from two important and classic nonsport-card sets. Total: 2 albums. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $300
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