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Lot # 1388 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887-1892 Lorillard Boxing SGC Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,527.50

Collection of six extremely rare nineteenth-century boxing tobacco cards from two of the premier boxing sets of the era, both produced by P. Lorillard Co. All six cards have been graded by SGC: 1) 1887 N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" (4 cards): #7 Steve Taylor (FAIR 20), 9 Jack McAuliffe (POOR 10), 31 Jimmy Elliot (FAIR 20), and 48 Tom Sayers (POOR 10). The front of each card features a portrait and advertising for Lorillard's Mechanics Delight brand tobacco; the reverse of each card features a biography. N269 Lorillard's "Prizefighters" are among the rarest and most substantial of all nineteenth-century tobacco cards. 2) 1892 N266 "Boxing Positions and Boxers" (2 cards): Dixon-Johnson (GOOD 30) and Carney-Mitchell (GOOD 30). Catalogued N266, each card features a full-color illustration of two famous fighters battling, with a different boxing maneuver titled at the top. The reverse of each card shows match purse and results, fighter weights, and the place and date of the bout, along with advertising for P. Lorillard Company's Red Cross Long Cut Tobacco brand. If either of these two sets were a baseball issue of the same quality and rarity, the cards would be among the most valuable of all baseball cards. Extremely rare boxing cards such as these are currently valued at a very small fraction of the value of similarly rare and substantial baseball cards. In comparison, they represent an extraordinary collecting value. Total 6 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,527.50

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