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Circa 1910 S21 Murad "Athlete and College Seal" Tobacco Silks Near-Complete Set (219/250)

  • Sold For: $7,110
  • Year: 1910
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 1382
  • Auction Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

Rarely offered near-complete set of 219 different (out of 250) S21 "Athlete and College Seal" large silk (5 x 7 inches) premiums. We've never before offered (or even seen) a collection of these large "Athlete and College Seal" silks so close to completion. In the early part of the century, tobacco companies (such as Murad, in this case) issued "silks" as premiums. The S21 "Athlete and College Seal" silks series is similar to the S22 set, but larger in size. The design of each silk features a generic college athlete representing one of ten different sports (including two baseball poses, football, golf, and hockey). The silks all have the factory number printed on the bottom. This is by far the largest and most comprehensive collection of these rare larger premiums we have ever seen or heard of. Grading silks is difficult simply because they are not traditional cards. For S21 silks, this collection is extremely strong! Excellent overall (with many in higher grades, Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt) with just a few slightly lesser. The collection consists of the following (quantities in parentheses): Annapolis (10), Brown (10), California (7 of 10, missing baseball - pitcher, hammer throw, and hurdles), Chicago (10), Colorado (10), Columbia (10), Cornell (8 of 10, missing baseball - pitcher and hurdles), Dartmouth (8 of 10, missing golf and hurdles), Georgetown (10), Harvard (9 of 10, missing golf), Illinois (10), Michigan (9 of 10, missing hockey), Minnesota (10), Missouri (5 of 10, missing baseball - batter, golf, hammer throw, rowing, and shot put), Ohio State (10), Penn. (9 of 10, missing baseball - pitcher), Princeton (10), Purdue (9 of 10, missing hurdles), Stanford (10), Syracuse (5 of 10, missing baseball - pitcher, football, hockey, hurdles, and running), Texas (6 of 10, missing baseball - pitcher, golf, hockey, and rowing), Virginia (5 of 10, missing both baseball, hurdles, rowing, and shot put), West Point (10), Wisconsin (10), and Yale (9 of 10, missing baseball - batter). This is one of the prize groups of tobacco silks from the extraordinary advanced collection of tobacco silk premiums that is presented in this auction. Total: 219 silks. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++.
SOLD FOR $7,110

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