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1884 Climax Tobacco Advertising Display

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $3,190.00

Exceptionally rare 1884 Climax Tobacco advertising poster. This poster, entitled "Representatives of Professional Base Ball in America," is one of the most impressive of all nineteenth-century baseball display pieces. The sepia-toned lithograph features portraits of many of the game's most noteworthy pioneers: A.G. Mills, N.E. Young, Al Spalding, Harry Wright, Cap Anson, Joe Start, Pop Snyder, Buck Ewing, Whitney, Morrill, Bennett, Dan Brouthers, Tim Keefe, Deasley, Hecker and Harry Stovey. All the images are photo-like portraits executed with extraordinary detail. Publishing credit appears in lower right ("Root & Tinker, Tribune Building N.Y. 1884"). Numerous condition flaws including pieces missing along the right side. This is one of nineteenth-century baseball's premier display pieces. We estimate that fewer than ten examples of this significant rarity are known to exist. The highest-grade examples have sold at auction for in excess of $20,000. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a relatively affordable low-grade example of this significant nineteenth-century display. Dimensions: 19.5 x 26 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $3,190.00

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