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1890s-1940s Nonsport and Political Pins, Cards, and Tobacco Blanket Collection (609 items)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,058
Presented is an extremely unusual group of small collectible items, mostly pins, from the very same New Jersey estate as the exciting find of thirty-four Pepsin Gum baseball pins REA auctioned in 2008. This is a fascinating and unlikely group of nonsport cards (1890s to 1930s), 1896-1940s pinbacks of various subjects including political, and 1910-era tobacco premium blankets. 1) 1896-1940s Political pinbacks (40): Mostly campaign, includes many locals but also a few presidential including relatively modest-value Roosevelt, McKinley, and W. J. Bryan pins. Highlighted by two rare 1920 John W. Davis For President campaign pins (1.25" Vg with rusted reverse and 7/8" Ex) and 1916 Hughes-Fairbanks cloverleaf "Good Luck, Good Times" campaign pin (1" Ex). 2) 1896-1940s (mostly 1910 era) Pinbacks: 230 miscellaneous pinbacks of various types, mostly relatively modest value flags, Red Cross pins, ships, advertising, etc., but still a fun unpicked-through original group. Poor to Vg-Ex condition. Highlighted by a circa 1898 "Welcome Home" Admiral Dewey photo pinback (1.25" Vg-Ex). 3) 142 tobacco "blankets" and "rugs": In the early part of the century, tobacco companies issued felt "rugs" and "blankets" as premiums. Bearing a variety of patterns and designs, "blankets" or "rugs" such as these could be stitched together as wall hangings, afghans, quilts, pillow covers or tapestries. We can't help but imagine that some of the smaller sizes were also used in dollhouses. This is an impressive group of more than 142 (nearly all different) tobacco rugs or blankets. Ranging in size from 3.5 x 4.75 inches up to premium-sized (7.25 x 11 inches long) national flags that were only available in exchange for coupons, this array covers the entire range of types and styles associated with these unique promotional premiums, which include a mix of flags, Indian themes, and decorative patterns and images. Overall Excellent condition. 4) Seven B18 Baseball blankets: Gd to Ex, averaging Vg, highlighted by J. Miller St. Louis scarce purple basepaths (Ex). 5) 1890s Lorillard's Tiger Cut Plug (18 cards): twelve N251 Lorrilard's Tiger Fine Cut Actress series (of 25 in set) plus six N253 Lorrilard's Tiger Fine Cut Actress series. Very sharp group, overall Vg-Ex. 6) 1930s Heinz Famous Aviators and planes cards: 12 aviators including Lindburgh, 35 assorted planes (Gd to Vg-Ex, averaging Vg). 7) Also included are 118 circa 1930 Arm & Hammer and Dwight's Soda Birds of America cards (overall Vg); six 1931 US Amateur Baseball Association tri-fold instructional pamphlets (two picturing Walter Johnson on cover, one Jack Coombs, one Del Gainor, and two Leslie Mann, overall Good condition), plus a 1931 H & B Knack of Batting booklet (Gd) by George Sisler. Total 609 items. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,058
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