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Extraordinary 1880s to 1950s Tobacco Package Collection

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,450.00

Choice very carefully assembled collection of tobacco package rarities, many unopened and most with brands having a direct connection to baseball or non-sport card issues, has been put together over a period of two decades by a very advanced baseball collector. Included are many highlights, most notably an extraordinarily rare 1889 Goodwin & Co. Dogs Head brand cigarette box, the first and only example of this significant rarity we have ever seen. The collection includes the following: 1) 1889 Goodwin Dogs Head Cigarettes box (year "1889" printed in red on tax stamp, extremely attractive graphics, Ex); 2) Obak Cigarettes box (tax stamp dated 1917, Vg); 3) Mayo's I.C. Cut Plug pouch with package design printing, tobacco still in pouch (Ex, patent date printed is "November 17, 1891 and January 12, 1892," it is possible that Mayo N300 were issued in this style or very similar packaging); 4&5) two circa 1910 Mecca Cigarettes boxes, related to T201 Mecca Double Folders, both with 1910 tax stamps, one with 1910 overprint stamped date (Vg/Vg-Ex), the other with 1912 overprint stamped date (Vg-Ex); 6) 1912 Hassan Cork Tip, related to T202 Hassan Triple Folders (1912 tax stamp date, Vg-Ex); 7 to 11) Five 1920 unopened packs of Fatima Cigarettes (all with 1920 tax stamp overprint date, all in Mint condition) accompanied by original two-part Fatima box (Ex) with printed advertising on top and sides designed to house the packs; 12) Allen & Ginter tin (4 inches tall, 5 inches in diameter) with beautiful full-color graphics, no date on large tax stamp, tiny Arizona tax stamp on bottom has date of 1912 (Ex-Mt); 13) Sweet Caporal pack, opened but complete with cigarettes intact, 1893 tax stamp date (Ex); 14) 1918 Piedmont Cigarettes unopened pack, 1917 tax stamp date with 1918 overprint date, (Vg-Ex/Ex, very crisp and clean, downgraded from Ex-Mt only due to a small crease to packaging); 15, 16, 17) Three Mayo Cut Plug Tins: first tin measures 6 x 3 x 4 inches, tax stamp has no date, second measures 8 x 4 x 5 inches, third is 5 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter. All three Mayo tins are undated but appear to be from approximately 1900, and all three are in choice Vg-Ex to Ex condition (these are really sharp for these early tins which scratch and rust so easily); 18) W. Duke & Sons Honest Long Cut Tobacco unopened pack (5 x 3 x 1 inches) with exceptional color graphics, tax stamp has no date, appears to be circa 1915-1920, 14 cent price stamped in red (Ex); 19) Polar Bear Tobacco unopened pack (approx 5 x 3 x 1 inches), 1910 tax stamp date, overprint date appears to be 1921 (pack has one small puncture, otherwise Ex-Mt); 20, 21, 22) three unopened packs with cellophane outerwrappings intact, no dates on tax stamps but more modern style suggests 1930s to 1940s: Home Run Cigarettes, Mecca Cigarettes, Sweet Caporal Cigarettes (each in Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt with tremendous graphics); 23) Tuxedo Tobacco tin (approx 4.5 x 3 x 1 inches) no date on tax stamp, probably circa 1920s (Ex); 24) circa 1915 Egyptian Cigarettes tin (approx 5.5 x 4 x 1 inches), elaborate and detailed graphics, small round stain appears to be the result of a price sticker, overall Vg-Ex; 25) circa 1915 Murad Cigarettes box with folding-open design, exceptionally colorful (Ex); 26) Circa 1955 Favorite brand chewing tobacco unopened sample pack with portrait of Nellie Fox and his endorsement on front, and portraits of eight other major leaguers on reverse, no tears or stains but somewhat misshapen, especially on reverse, with rigid "waves" to paper packaging, apparently due to materials and/or storage conditions, otherwise Ex; 27) 1954 Red Man Tobacco Unopened Pack with Ferris Fain card #22 complete and intact as issued, trapped under the original cellophane wrapper. Some tears on side to the fragile cellophane, otherwise in Nr/Mt-Mt condition. Also included are three very interesting small novelty advertising tobacco pack key chain charms (two Sweet Caporal, one Helmar), which look like little packs, each with no date but appearing to be from the 1920s (each .75 inch tall, and in Vg to Vg-Ex condition). This collection is not your ordinary tobacco package collection. This is a fascinating and extraordinary advanced collection, assembled by a very sophisticated collector over many years, and which includes many significant rarities. Total 30 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,450.00


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