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1887 Old Judge Cigarette Box
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
Old Judge cigarette box dating from the time of issue of the classic N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. The box (2 x 3 x 1 inches) features both the brand name "Old Judge" and the company name, "Goodwin & Co.," on the front. The 1883 tax stamp on the reverse has been clearly over-stamped with the date "May 1, 1887." The pencil notation "Assorted" has been written on two sides of the box. Old Judge tobacco cards, one of the first and most significant of all baseball-card issues, were distributed in packs of cigarettes exactly like this between the years 1887 and 1890. Did this now empty pack once contain a Cap Anson, King Kelly or Buck Ewing card? We will never know, but it is a scarce and significant item, ideal for display, relating to baseball's first major tobacco-card issue. The box is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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