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Circa 1910 Mordecai Brown Cigar Box
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown endorsed a brand of cigars which were marketed by a local tobacco company based in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. The lid to the wooden box opens to reveal a full-color label picturing Brown pitching. A side label on the outside of the box also features the same image. The artwork on both labels has been executed with great care to show Brown's missing finger on his pitching hand. As a youngster, Brown lost his little finger when he stuck his right hand in his uncle's corn shredder. Ironically, the damage to his hand gave Brown a natural knuckle ball and was responsible for his great success as a pitcher. For many years, the shredder was a popular tourist attraction. Brown was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945. The interior label exhibits several areas of staining not affecting Brown's image. The outer side label shows general wear and has a few very small areas of paper loss. The box is intact and is in Vg condition overall. Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.25 x 5.5 inches. This box was once a part of the legendary Barry Halper Collection. It appeared as Lot #2181 in the famous Halper auction, and at that time sold for $2,875. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only example known of this significant early player-endorsed cigar box. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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