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Three Circa 1900 Wooden Cigar Boxes
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Three exceptionally attractive and rare circa 1900 baseball cigar boxes: 1) The "Crack Team" cigar box features one of the most colorful of all early baseball cigar labels. The label depicts a beautifully rendered game scene surrounded by an elaborate embossed floral design. 2) The "Star Play" box also has an extremely colorful label, and features a fielder reaching for a ball in an exciting game-in-progress scene. An exterior box sealing label featuring the same scene has considerable wear and appears on the side. 3) The third box has a relatively simple but striking blue and orange label advertising "Outing Club" brand cigars, featuring a baseball bat. Two of these three attractive cigar boxes date from the 1890s; we believe the "Star Play" dates from approximately 1910. All show at least moderate wear: the lid of the "Star Play" box is very loosely attached, and the "Outing" box lid has been reattached. The collection is in Very Good condition overall. The measurements range from 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length and 4.75 to 5.5 inches in width. These cigar boxes were once part of the Barry Halper Collection. They appeared as Lot #317 in the famous Halper auction, and at that time sold for $2,587. Total 3 boxes. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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