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Lot # 1756 (1756 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1888 G1 Allen & Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" Linen-Backed Tobacco Banner

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $19,200

Extraordinary full-color advertising poster (20.25 x 28.75 inches) for the N2 "American Indian Chiefs" tobacco-card set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Produced by "Lindner, Eddy & Clauss. Lith, N.Y.," as noted in print along the base. Due to the combination of its great rarity, stunning design, and popular subject matter, this is considered by many to be the premier nonsport tobacco banner in the collecting world. The colorful banner features a large image of an Indian hunting a buffalo surrounded by images of all fifty cards offered in the set. As noted on the banner, all of the images on the cards are "from the Collection in the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C." The banner also promotes Allen & Ginter's brand of Richmond Straight Cut No. 1, Virginia Brights, and Pet Cigarettes. While collectors are familiar with the actual cards from the American Indian Chiefs set, which are among the most desirable of all nonsport tobacco cards, and the corresponding album, the advertising banner is exceedingly rare. This is one of only a few examples we have ever seen and just the second we have ever offered. It is interesting to note that this piece has always been afforded special status within the hobby. Catalogued G-1 in the original American Card Catalog, this seldom-seen tobacco banner is one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $20 at a time when the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued at a then very impressive $50. These banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores, to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting. The offered banner, which has been linen backed, displays a number of small border tears (including a few that touch upon the card images), all of which have been repaired. A few very small surface wrinkles are also evident within the main body. It must be noted that all of the minor flaws have been ameliorated by the backing process and the banner is in apparent Excellent to Mint condition, with all of the colors remaining exceptionally bold. Auction appearances for this rare banner are few and far between, making this a truly special opportunity to obtain one of the finest examples in existence of what is universally regarded as one of the most prized and spectacular tobacco advertising banners ever produced. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $19,200


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