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Circa 1910 Harry Pulliam Cigar Box and Label (2)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $232.00
Rare wooden cigar box has a gold-bordered oval label on the outside top of the lid picturing a portrait of National League president Harry Pulliam surrounded by lettering which reads "Harry Pulliam - Cigars." The box opens to reveal a full-color interior label picturing Pulliam in a suit and tie. Two additional smaller sealing labels also appear on the back and side of the exterior of the box. As President of the National League, Harry Pulliam was the subject of tremendous criticism relating to his handling of the Merkle affair of 1908. The pressure of this criticism combined with his mental instability led Pulliam to commit suicide while in office on July 28, 1909. Pulliam's good friend John Heydler took over as President of the National League for the remainder of the 1909 season and later served in that position from 1918 to 1934. One fascinating fact about the Pulliam cigar box is that the rectangular exterior label is very common because years ago an unopened case of Pulliam Cigar side labels was discovered, direct from the printer, all in Mint condition. The complete Pulliam cigar box, however, is among the rarest of all baseball-related cigar boxes. In fact, this may be the first standard size Pulliam cigar box we have ever seen. The rare interior label is bright and colorful, overall in Excellent condition. The oval exterior side label shows general wear and has a few areas of paper loss. The box is intact and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Dimensions: 8 x 5.25 x 2.25 inches. Accompanying the cigar box is a Harry Pulliam cigar box exterior side label in Mint condition from the find. Total 2 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $232.00
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