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Lot # 76 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930 Bambino Tobacco Tin

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Exceptionally high-grade example of this all-time classic baseball tobacco tin. The striking design of the Bambino tin, which features a black and white silhouette of the Babe's mighty swing set against a bright red background, has always made this a favorite among baseball and advertising collectors. It is interesting to note that Bambino Smoking Tobacco was not actually endorsed by Ruth. By using only one of Ruth's many nicknames ("Bambino") and picturing a silhouette instead of a more detailed image, Bailey Brothers, Inc., the tobacco company who produced Bambino, was able to avoid paying royalties for Ruth's formal endorsement. Tobacco tins rarely survive without some scrapes, chips, and rust. The folding white metal lid top has some scrapes and oxidation, but the body of the tin itself is near perfect, with no chips, rust spots, or scrapes to the paint. This is an extraordinary example in Excellent to Mint condition. Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.25 inches. Accompanying the tin is a rare original pack of Bambino cigarette rolling papers in Excellent condition, which also features the Bambino Smoking Tobacco logo. Total 2 items. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,640.00


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