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1892 N266 Lorillard Boxing Card Collection (5)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00

Collection of five "Boxing Positions and Boxers" cards produced by P. Lorillard Co. in 1892. While few collectors are aware of this issue because of its great rarity, this is the premier nineteenth-century boxing set. Catalogued N266, each card features a full-color illustration of two famous fighters battling, with a different boxing maneuver titled at the top. The reverse of each card shows match purse and results, fighter weights, and the place and date of the bout, along with advertising for P. Lorillard Company's Red Cross Long Cut Tobacco brand. We have often thought that if this 25-card set was a baseball issue of the same quality and rarity, these cards would be among the most valuable of all baseball cards. This collection of five is highlighted by the key card in the set, featuring James Corbett squaring off against James Sullivan. Corbett is demonstrating the 'ol "Left Swing On The Jaw" move, which apparently played a role in Corbett's 21-round victory on February 7, 1892. This card is bright and clean and in Vg-Ex condition, falling shy of Ex due to a very small crease at top. The other four cards in the collection, all in Vg to Vg-Ex condition, are: Dixon-Johnson, Murphy-Weir, Frazer-Daly, and Dawson-Needham. These cards are nearly impossible to find. Even in the old American Card Catalog Burdick valued this issue at 50 cents per card, far more than most nineteenth-century issues, including N162 (25 cents each), N28 (10 cents), N29 (30 cents) and N43 (40 cents). 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 collecting value. Total 5 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00


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