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1921 Queen City Cigar Card - Ray Morgan - Newly Discovered Issue!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528

It is very rare for any vintage set, let alone one of great significance, to be discovered in the modern collecting world some ninety years after being issued, but that is exactly what has happened with reference to the recent new discovery of the 1921 Queen City Cigar set. In fact, the offering of this card of Ray Morgan (Washington Americans) is the very first public offering of a card from this set in any auction catalog or guide! A total of twenty-one 1921 Queen City Cigar cards were discovered in a single monumental find in 2010. Twenty cards were different, and were sold privately to a single collector. They are now part of one of perhaps the most advanced vintage-card collections ever assembled. The single sample offered here is the one duplicate. It may be the only 1921 Queen City Cigar card example to ever be available. The 1921 Queen City Cigar set is very similar in design to E121 American Caramel and related issues (particularly D327 Holsum Bread and the W575-1 strip-card set), but printed on a slightly higher quality stock, and with advertising on the reverse which reads, "Pete and Jerry - Queen City Cigar Store - 8th and Phillips-Phone 1670-K - Sioux Falls, So. Dakota." The advertising on the reverse is designed very much like a business card, and, in fact, advertising for the business of the Queen City Cigar Store was clearly the purpose of these cards. It is likely that the cards were intended to be given out to customers as favors at the Queen City Cigar Store. It is possible that the 1921 Queen City Cigar cards predate the E121 American Caramel Company set, or were an advertising product offered by the manufacturer of the cards to businesses only for a short time. It may even be that after landing the American Caramel Company account to produce the E121 set that plans for similar cards issued by other businesses such as the Queen City Cigar Store were shelved. We may never know the answers, but this set is without question a missing link in our understanding of the E121 and related sets, and a fascinating new discovery relating to one of the most important sets of the 1920s. The offered sample card of Ray Morgan has been graded POOR 10 by SGC. It clearly has a Near Mint appearance, but has been downgraded due to a spot of paper loss on the reverse from being glued into a scrapbook and later removed. The front of the card is bright and crisp, with flawless image clarity, four sharp corners, and is centered slightly to the left (approximately 30/70 L/R). This is an extremely rare and fascinating card, and an extraordinary sample card. The offered example may be the only sample card from this extraordinary set we will ever see, let alone auction! It is a privilege to present this example, and in the process to document (for the first and possibly only time ever in an REA catalog) the existence of the 1921 Queen City Cigar set. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,528


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