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1887 N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" SGC-Graded Collection (7)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $6,380.00

Collection of seven extremely rare N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" series cards, each graded by SGC (except one, which is graded by PSA): #6 John Flood (PSA VG-EX 4, appears Ex-Mt, downgraded due to a small, extremely light stain visible in the upper left corner of the reverse only), 8 Mike Cleary (VG/EX 50; we grade this card Excellent), 11 Billy Edwards (FAIR 20), 13 Jem Mace (POOR 10, sharp-looking card downgraded by SGC due to a small remnant of scrapbook paper attached to the front in the lower right, a small tear, no paper loss, and staining possibly from glue on the reverse), 21 Arthur Chambers (VG 40), 24 Pete McCoy (FAIR 20, with small remnants of scrapbook paper on the reverse, and extremely minor paper loss), and 32 Geo. La Blanche (GOOD 30). N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" are among the rarest of all nineteenth-century tobacco cards. In fact, this is by far the largest group we have ever offered. Extremely rare boxing cards such as these are currently valued at a very small fraction of the value of similarly rare and substantial baseball cards. In comparison, they represent an extraordinary value. Just ten years ago, N167 1886 Old Judge baseball cards, which are designed utilizing a very similar engraving process as N269 Lorillard Boxers, were highly prized by only the few most knowledgeable collectors, and not "on the radar" of most collectors. While boxing cards may always be valued far less than similarly rare baseball cards, these boxing cards are of a similar rarity to N167s, and, in our opinion, are deserving of a special reverence by collectors of rare boxing cards. Total 7 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $6,380.00


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