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Circa 1888 "The Bat" Cigar Box Label Color Process Proof
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $696.00
The Bat cigar box label has long been recognized as one of the most spectacular of all cigar labels, and one of the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century baseball display pieces of any type. This beautiful stone litho label features Cap Anson of the Chicago White Stockings (left) and Tim Keefe of the New York Giants (right) with a stadium decor in the background. Only three or four examples are known to exist. This label was manufactured in the 1880s by M. G. Rubel & Co. of Chicago, Illinois. The last example offered appeared in the Barry Halper auction in 1999 and sold for $12,650. Offered is a unique color process proof of "The Bat" cigar label. A color proof such as this was produced for use by the printer to proof the colors prior to authorizing the printing of production quantities. This is the first of its kind that we have ever seen. This rare proof presents a very interesting, unique, and relatively affordable alternative to a full-color process example. Excellent condition. Dimensions: 10 x 6 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $696.00
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