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1889 G40 Duke "Actors and Actresses - 1st Series" Tobacco Banner
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $829.50
Outstanding full-color advertising poster (14 x 28.75 inches) for the N70 "Actors and Actresses - 1st Series" set issued by Duke in 1889. Catalogued G40 in the original American Card Catalog, this extremely rare tobacco banner is one of the original ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $15, at a time when the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued at a then very impressive $50. These banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores, to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting. The fifty cards of the "Actors and Actresses - 1st Series" set feature various very well known actors and actresses of the time, such as Lillian Russell, dressed in theater costumes. The full-color poster features illustrations of all fifty cards in the set and was intended be displayed in tobacco stores to encourage customers to collect the series. As with all tobacco banners from the 1880s advertising-card sets, this banner is extremely rare with only a handful known to exist. In fact, this is the first example from this set we have ever offered. The poster is complete as issued, including the original metal runners on the top and bottom borders, with the top runner bearing a circular hook for hanging. There are very minor chips along the edges, a crease on the top left, and a staple hole on the top border. Despite the minor technical flaws (which could easily be restored to perfection if desired), the poster displays beautifully as is. Overall Very Good to Excellent in appearance. Bright, clean, and extremely impressive for display. It's going to be a long time before we see another one of these. Framed to total dimensions of 16.25 x 31 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $829.50
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