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1888 A36 Goodwin Champions Album
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,900.00
The 1888 A36 Goodwin & Company premium album features images of all fifty cards from the spectacularly colorful N162 Old Judge & Gypsy Queen series. Baseball players include Anson, Kelly, Keefe, Brouthers, Glasscock, Caruthers, Dunlap and Andrews. Also included are an additional forty-two stars of the sporting world. The N162 Old Judge & Gypsy Queen tobacco cards featured in this album are universally regarded as one of the most beautiful and desirable of all pre-1900 tobacco issues. While the N162 cards were issued in packs with tobacco, the far rarer premium albums could only be obtained by mail in exchange for coupons packed with Old Judge & Gypsy Queen brand tobacco. The back cover of the album has a couple of small creases and a one-inch tear that runs vertical from the top border. The back cover also has a clean separation from the spine running three inches from the top. These back cover flaws do not significantly affect its otherwise Excellent appearance, and the fact that there is no surface flaking on the reverse (as is so commonly found with this album) makes the reverse of this example superior for display than many others we have seen. There are a few stray marks which appear to be pencil on the front cover and an interior page (with four oarsmen), and a small front-cover stain. Both covers and all interior pages are extremely bright and fresh. The interior pages grade Ex to Ex-Mt. Overall we grade this example Vg-Ex, but it clearly has a far superior visual appeal. This is an extremely attractive and clean example of this nineteenth-century classic, representing one of the best values among all nineteenth-century baseball tobacco issues and a relatively affordable alternative to collecting the entire N162 set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,900.00
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