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Exceptional 1880s to 1920s Tobacco-Package Collection Including Rarities (39)

  • Sold For: $2,133
  • Year: 1910
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 240
  • Auction Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

This choice very carefully assembled collection of tobacco-package rarities, most with brands having a direct connection to baseball or nonsport card issues, has been put together over a period of three decades by a very advanced baseball collector. Included are many highlights, most notably an extremely scarce 1889 Goodwin & Co. Dogs Head brand cigarette box, among many other highlights. The collection includes the following: 1) 1889 Goodwin Dogs Head Cigarettes box 10-ct. (year "1889" printed in red on tax stamp, extremely attractive graphics, Pr-Fr); 2) Pirate Cigarettes box 10-ct., one opened but complete with cigarettes intact (W. D. & W. H. Wells, Vg); 3) 1912 Hassan Cork Tip 10-ct., related to T202 Hassan Triple Folders (1910 tax stamp date with 1912 overprint date, Gd); 4) Contentnea Cigarettes box 10-ct. (1910 tax stamp date, Fr); 5) Sweet Caporal box 10-ct. (Kinney) (1883 tax stamp date with 1891 overprint date, Gd); 6 & 7) two Piedmont Cigarettes boxes 10-ct., one with 1910 tax stamp date (both Fr); 8 & 9) two Turkish Trophies 10-ct. (one with 1901 tax stamp date and one with 1910 tax stamp date, both Fr); 10) Helmar 20-ct. box, tax stamp has no date (Ex); 11 & 12) two Helmar 10-ct. boxes, (one with 1901 tax stamp date and one with 1909 tax stamp date, Vg-Ex and Gd); 13) Murad Cigarettes 10-ct. box (1901 tax stamp date, Gd); 14 & 15) two Allen & Ginter 10-ct. boxes (Virginia Brights), both have 1883 tax stamp date with 1894 overprint date (both Fr); 16) Allen & Ginter 10-ct. box (Old Dominion, Gd); 17) Tolstoi Cigarettes 10-ct. box (1901 tax stamp date with 1909 overprint date, Pr); 18 to 21) four El Principe De Gales 10-ct. boxes (three have 1901 tax stamp date with 1908 overprint date, one Gd, two Fr, and one Pr); 22) W. Duke & Sons Cameo Long Cut Tobacco pack (4.5 x 3 x 1 inches) with 1902 tax stamp date with 1906 overprint date (Pr); 23) W. Duke & Sons Cameo 10-ct. box (Fr); 24) Royal Nestor 10-ct. (1901 tax stamp date, Pr); 25 & 26) two Recruit Little Cigars 10-ct. boxes (one has 1909 tax stamp date with 1910 overprint date, both Fr); 27 to 29) three Admiral Cigarettes 10-ct. boxes (all with 1883 tax stamp date and all Pr-Fr); 30) Allen & Ginter (Liggett & Myers) straight cut cigarettes tin, 50-ct., 5.5 x 3 x 1 inches (Fr); 31) Blue Heaven Smoking Mixture (4 x 2.5 x 1 inches) with 1926 tax stamp date, puncture hole, o/w Vg-Ex); 32) Handsome Dan Mixture Granule Cut (4 x 2.75 x 1 inches) with Yale Mascot bulldog on pack, (1928 tax stamp date, puncture hole, o/w Ex); 33) Common Sense Cut Plug pack (4.5 x 3 x 1 inches, Pr); 34) Havana Consul Panetelas box (5 x 3 x .5 inches, puncture holes, o/w Vg-Ex); 35) Lux-Super Fosforos box with baseball player on the front and scoreboard on back (Pr); 36) Allen & Fisher Ponies 5-ct. box (4 x 2.5 x .5 inches, Pr); 37) Blackstone Midget 5-ct. box (3.75 x 2.75 x .5 inches, Pr); 38) Piedmont premium coupon (2.5 x 1.5 inches); 39) Polar Bear premium coupon (3 x 2 inches). This collection is not your ordinary tobacco-package collection. This is a fascinating and very carefully assembled advanced collection unto itself, personally assembled over a period of many years by an extremely sophisticated collector who specialized in tobacco issues, and which includes many rarities. Total: 39 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,133

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