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1888 G1 Allen & Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" Tobacco Banner
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,110.00
Extraordinary full-color advertising poster (20 x 28.75 inches) for the N2 "American Indian Chiefs" tobacco-card set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Produced by "Lindner, Eddy & Clauss. Lith, N.Y.," as noted in print along the base. Due to the combination of its great rarity, stunning design, and popular subject matter, this is considered by many to be the premier nonsport tobacco banner in the collecting world. The colorful banner features a large image of an Indian hunting a buffalo surrounded by images of all fifty cards offered in the set. As noted on the banner, all of the images on the cards are "from the Collection in the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C." The banner also promotes Allen & Ginter's brand of Richmond Straight Cut No. 1, Virginia Brights, and Pet Cigarettes. While collectors are familiar with the actual cards from the American Indian Chiefs set, which are among the most desirable of all nonsport tobacco cards, and the corresponding album, the advertising banner is exceedingly rare. This is one of only a few examples we have ever seen. It is interesting to note that this piece has always been afforded special status within the hobby. Catalogued G-1 in the original American Card Catalog, this seldom-seen tobacco banner is one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $20 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 has been dry mounted onto a wooden backing and was subsequently coated with a thin layer of clear protective varnish. A small metal grommet has been applied to each top corner. A few large tears are evident, which have been effectively ameliorated by the backing process; however, there are two small areas of paper loss located in the upper left corner, one of which affects the card image of True Eagle, and the other which touches upon the card image of Striker. Despite the technical flaws, the colors remain strong and vibrant and the banner presents as Excellent. Auction appearances for this rare banner are few and far between, making this a truly special opportunity to obtain one of the premier tobacco advertisements ever produced. Displays beautifully! Framed to total dimensions of 22 x 31 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $7,110.00
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