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1888 A16 Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" Album

  • Sold For: $2,370
  • Year: 1888
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 82
  • Auction Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

This high-grade 1888 First Series Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" premium album features all fifty cards from the N28 Allen & Ginter set, including ten baseball players (Anson, Kelly, Clarkson, Comiskey, Keefe, Ward, etc.), and nine boxers (including Sullivan). This is a particularly outstanding Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" (first series) album example, far superior to what is normally seen. The tobacco companies spared no expense in producing these gorgeous full-color lithographic premium albums, which were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packed with tobacco products (in this case Allen & Ginter). This 14-page album (including covers) is in very high grade for any 1880s tobacco-premium album. The string binding is complete, original, and intact. The covers and interior pages are bright and fresh. The back cover displays a few extremely minor creases, as well as a couple of tiny spots of no consequence (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The interior pages are Near Mint. Remarkable condition for this classic, extremely popular, and colorful premium which presents the complete N28 set in album form and represents such an outstanding value among nineteenth-century tobacco issues. Overall Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,370

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