Offered here is the finest example we have ever seen of this classic baseball tobacco tin, which is highly regarded in both the baseball and advertising collecting fields. The striking design of the Bambino tin, which sets a black-and-white silhouette of the Babe's mighty swing against a bright red background, has always made this a favorite among baseball and advertising collectors. It is interesting to note that Bambino Smoking Tobacco was not actually endorsed by Ruth. By using only one of Ruth's many nicknames ("Bambino") and picturing a silhouette instead of a more detailed image, Bailey Brothers, Inc., the tobacco company that produced Bambino, was able to avoid paying royalties for Ruth's formal endorsement. Tobacco tins in general rarely (if ever) survive without some scrapes, chips, and rust, but this example has far fewer flaws than any other Bambino tin we have ever handled. A few extremely minor indentations are evident along the reverse, but nearly all of the original red paint remains intact, with no flaking. Minor oxidation is seen on the lid and base, and a few small scratches can be seen on the front. Two small abrasions appear on the right side of the tin. It must be emphasized that all of the aforementioned flaws are very minor in nature and are merely mentioned for the sake of accuracy. This is a stunning example and one that would appeal to even the most discriminating collector. Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.25 inches. Ex: Bill Mastro Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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