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Pre-1900 Baseball Cigar Box Label Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,880
This attractive collection of six nineteenth-century baseball cigar labels, plus one turn-of-the-century baseball cigar box, is highlighted by two labels of particular significance to card collectors, each featuring Buck Ewing and related to the popular N29 1888 Allen & Ginter World Champions tobacco cards. 1) 1889 salesman’s sample interior cigar box label printed by O. L. Schwencke, New York. The spectacular lithograph features illustrations of eight of the “Champions” issued in the N29 set including Buck Ewing, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and John L. Sullivan. A generic cigar box and an eagle holding a banner reading “Champions” is depicted along the top of the label. The label (10 x 6 inches) displays a few minor edge tears, including one that has been repaired with tape on the reverse, as well as a small corner chip. The label has been matted (by means of a small piece of tape on the reverse), thus hiding nearly all of the peripheral flaws, and the label presents as Excellent. Total dimensions: 11.75 x 9.5 inches. 2) 1889 “Big Run” interior cigar label printed by O. L. Schwencke, New York. The colorful label (7.25 x 5 inches) pictures illustrations of six of the “Champions” issued in the N29 set including Buck Ewing, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and Percy Stone. Also depicted are a number of athletic scenes. In Excellent condition, with a few small peripheral surface wrinkles and a tiny border tear. 3-4) Two circa 1880s “Our Sports” cigar labels printed by O. L. Schwencke, New York. The first (9 x 6 inches) is a salesman’s sample and features a number of athletic vignettes, including a baseball game in progress. In Excellent condition, with a few minor surface ripples. The second (4.5 x 4.5 inches) is an exterior side label and features a truncated image of the larger label, including a portion of the baseball scene. In Near Mint condition. 5) Circa 1880s “Home Sports” interior cigar label (7.75 x 4.75 inches) printed by O. L Schwencke, New York. The illustration is identical to the “Our Sports” salesman’s sample label in this lot and the label remains attached to the original wooden cigar lid. In Good to Very Good condition, with minor tears, a corner chip and light staining. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 13.25 x 10.75 inches. 6) 1897 “Favorite Sports” interior salesman’s sample cigar label (8 x 5.75 inches) printed by Krueger & Braun, New York. The embossed label features a central image of a gentleman and woman riding a bike surrounded by four sporting vignettes, including a baseball game in progress. In Very Good condition, with light foxing and minor edge tears. 7) Circa 1900 “C. B. Club” cigar box, manufactured by Zimmerman-Link Co., Inc. of Charlottesville, Va. This wooden cigar box features one of the most colorful of all early baseball cigar labels. The label depicts a beautifully rendered game scene surrounded by an elaborate embossed floral design. The exterior side label also features the same scene. The interior label (8 x 4.75 inches) is in Excellent condition, while the exterior label (4.5 x 4.5 inches) is in Very Good condition. The box (8.75 x 5 x 2.75 inches) remains in Excellent condition. Total 7 items (6 cigar labels and one box). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,880
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