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1889 G4 Allen & Ginter "Birds of the Tropics" Tobacco Banner
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $829.50
Outstanding full-color advertising poster (13 x 29 inches) for the N5 "Birds of the Tropics" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1889. Produced by "Geo. S. Harris & Sons Phila., New York & Chicago" as noted in print along the base. The banner, which advertises for Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 and Virginia Brights Cigarettes, pictures all fifty cards offered in the set. Catalogued G-4 in the original American Card Catalog, this extremely rare tobacco banner is one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $10, 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 appears to be paper backed and displays numerous creases, tears, and border chips, the vast majority of which have been effectively ameliorated by the backing process. A few minor color "touch ups" are also evident. Technically in Good to Very Good condition, but Excellent in its overall appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 30.25 x 39.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $829.50
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