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1888 G8 Allen & Ginter "Flags of All Nations" Tobacco Banner (Card Set and 5 Views)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,014.50
Outstanding full-color display advertising poster (14 x 29 inches) for the N9 "Flags of All Nations" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. 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. It was also one of the ACC's most highly valued items. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned it a value of $12, 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. This example has some heavy creasing (mostly at the top), chipping along the edges, and a couple tears in the bottom right corner. Despite these technical flaws, the poster is extremely bright and clean, with an overall Very Good appearance. This is a rarely seen, relatively affordable tobacco banner (examples with more highly desirable subjects and in higher grade routinely sell for many thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands, of dollars). Ideal for display. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 21 x 36 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,014.50
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