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1888 G18 Allen & Ginter "The World's Beauties" Tobacco Banner
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,900.00
Outstanding full-color display advertising poster (14 x 28.5 inches) for the N26 "World's Beauties" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Catalogued G18 in the original American Card Catalog, this extremely rare tobacco banner is one of the original ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $12, at a time when the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued at a then very impressive $50. These tobacco banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores, to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting. The fifty cards of "The World's Beauties" set each feature a prominent "beauty" dressed in costumes of various nations from a variety of time periods. The full-color poster features an illustration of all fifty cards in the set, and was intended be displayed in tobacco stores to encourage customers to collect the series. As with all tobacco banners from the 1880s advertising card sets, this banner is extremely rare with only a handful known to exist. In fact, this is the first example from this set we have ever seen. There are very minor tears along the edges and close examination reveals a few touches of restoration, including repair to a horizontal tear to the right of the globe design. Despite technical flaws (which could easily be restored to perfection if desired), the poster displays beautifully as is. Overall Very Good in appearance. Bright, clean, and extremely impressive for display. It's going to be a long time before we see another one of these. Beautifully matted and framed to the total dimensions of 18.25 x 32.5 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,900.00
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