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Circa 1887 G8 Allen & Ginter "Flags of All Nations" Tobacco Banner (Eighteen Flags)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
Extraordinary full-color advertising banner (measuring an extremely impressive 23 x 40.5 inches; much larger than most banners) issued in promotion of the N9 "Flags of All Nations" tobacco-card set issued by Allen & Ginter, circa 1887. Catalogued G8 in the original American Card Catalog, this is one of three different banners produced by the company to promote the set, all of which are exceedingly rare. This banner is not only the highest valued of the three different "Flags of All Nations" banners listed in the original ACC, but one of the most highly valued of all items in the guide. 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 offered banner pictures eighteen of the fifty cards in the set: Japan, Switzerland, Egypt, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Argentine Republic, Norway, United States, Great Britain, Chili, China, Sweden, Cuba, Germany, New Zealand, Turkey, and Belgium. The center panel prominently promotes the company's line of cigarettes: "Allen & Ginter's Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 Cigarettes Are The Best." The rarity of these nineteenth-century tobacco banners cannot be overstated. Very few examples are known of any given style and this is the first time we have ever seen, let alone handled, this particular banner. The banner has been linen backed and displays minor areas of professional restoration to small tears and abrasions. Also, upon close examination, one can note a number of light creases throughout. However, none of those flaws, all of which are extremely unobtrusive, detracts in the least from its Excellent overall appearance. This is an exceptional and rare advertising display dating from the golden age of tobacco cards. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 30.5 x 48 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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