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1870s to 1930s Baseball Cigar Box Label Collection (19)
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $6,380.00
Impressive collection of nineteen cigar box labels dating from the 1870s to the 1930s, including many significant nineteenth-century rarities: 1) Circa 1874 Philadelphia Athletics "Golden Ball" cigar labels. Spectacular lithographed interior and exterior baseball cigar box labels printed by Geo. Harris & Sons, Phila. The "Golden Ball" cigar labels are among the finest of the nineteenth-century baseball labels. Fewer than ten of each are known. The players pictured on the larger interior label (9.5 x 6 inches) are Philadelphia Athletics captain and pitcher Dick McBride on the left and second baseman Joe Battin on the right. The poses, as well as the American flag, belt, bat, and cap motifs, are all based on a July 1874 engraving from the Daily Graphic. Very clean overall with only minor toning on right border. The label with McBride and Battin is in Near Mint condition. The smaller side label (approx 4.25 inches square) features only the "golden ball" illustration (no players). This label has no right border (probably miscut) and is otherwise in Very Good condition. 2) Circa 1880s "Home Favorite" salesman sample exterior cigar box label by Geo. S. Harris & Sons, Phila. with ordering prices and quantities on the back. Trimmed, otherwise Ex in appearance. 3) Circa 1880s "Home Run" salesman sample exterior cigar box label depicts a runner crossing the plate as the ball is being caught by the catcher. Ordering prices and quantities listed on the back. Small area of paper loss and trimmed, otherwise Ex in appearance. 4) Circa 1880s "Short Stop" exterior cigar box label depicts a comical game-in-progress scene. Nr/Mt condition overall. 5) Circa 1880s "LA CO" exterior cigar box label by Brener Bros. depicts a runner sliding into the base as the fielder makes the tag. Clothing store advertisement on the reverse. Possible slight trim, Nr/Mt appearance. 6) Circa 1900 "Little Short Stop," two interior label variations. Both have pencil notations in the large white margins below the design. Vg condition. 7) Circa 1880s "Champions" cigar box proof labels depicting various early game scenes surrounding the bust pose of a woman with crossed bat decor. Both Excellent condition. 8) Circa 1880s "Judgment" lithographed interior and exterior cigar box labels printed by Geo. S. Harris & Sons, Philadelphia. Both labels are salesman samples with ordering prices and quantities on the back. The interior label has a few very minor creases, Vg-Ex. The smaller exterior label has a small piece missing on the left edge. 9) Circa 1880s generic cigar box label (5 x 4.5 inches) depicts a baseball game-in-progress scene. Excellent condition. 10) 1908 "Evansville Pennant Winners" interior cigar box label proof book contains nine color process proofs of the same label. These unique proofs were used by the printer to help check and correct colors prior to printing production quantities. Excellent condition. 11) 1911 "Star Play" salesman sample color lithographic cigar box label features a game-in-progress scene with stadium in the background. Excellent condition. 12) 1913 "Repeaters" interior cigar box label. Classic team pose with the dates "1910 - 1911 - 1912" printed along the bottom. Near Mint condition. 13) Circa 1930s "Henry G" interior cigar box label. Excellent to Mint condition. 14 Circa 1930s "Speedy Curves" exterior cigar box label. Excellent to Mint condition. Total 19 labels. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $6,380.00
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