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Lot # 351 (351 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1910-1912 Plow Boy Tobacco Billy Purtell

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840

Exceptional sample card of Billy Purtell from this unusual sepia-toned 1910 cabinet-card issue which features Cubs and White Sox players, issued by the Spaulding & Merrick Tobacco Company to promote its Plow Boy Tobacco brand. Their rarity is no doubt related to the fact that they were issued only in the Chicago area. Plow Boy Tobacco cards measure 5-3/4 x 8 inches. They are easily one of the rarest of all twentieth-century tobacco issues, and of additional note, these cards show players in poses that are unique to this set. Plow Boy Tobacco cards were issued with two different advertising reverses, one with a simple advertisement and another containing the same advertisement along with a checklist of premiums available. The offered example features the advertising reverse without premium checklist. The card displays a crisp image, with light toning around the edges and even wear to the corners. The reverse is boldly printed and displays four small areas of paper loss, one in each corner, from past adhesive removal. Without respect to this flaw, which would cause the card to technically grade modestly, it presents as Vg to Vg-Ex. A superb example worthy of even the most advanced sample or prewar-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840

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