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1888 Allen & Ginter "Flags of States and Territories" Tobacco Banner
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,955.00
Outstanding full-color display advertising poster (15.25 x 21.75 inches) for the N11 "Flags of States and Territories" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Catalogued G-9 in the original American Card Catalog, this extremely rare tobacco banner is one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $15, at a time when the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued at a then very impressive $50. These tobacco banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores, to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco card collecting. This example has some horizontal creasing, chipping along the edges, and a repair to the upper left corner. Despite these technical flaws, the poster is extremely bright and clean, with an overall Excellent appearance. Ideal for display. Beautifully framed. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,955.00
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