Circa 1888 Nonsports Premium Tobacco-Album Collection (3)

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2414

Item Year: 1888

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Collection of three rare circa 1888 tobacco premium albums. In the 1880s, in addition to insert cards, tobacco companies also offered special albums available only by mail in exchange for coupons (usually 75 or 100) which were packed with tobacco one coupon per pack. Each premium album features images of all of the subjects (usually 50 different) in a given set, along with additional background artwork. These souvenir albums were the top prizes offered by the tobacco companies, and have long been highly valued by collectors. These albums presented a diverse range of topics, including birds, fish, famous editors, etc. Many collectors are familiar with the few albums featuring baseball players as they are very popular and expensive. The nonsport albums are just as scarce, yet far more reasonable in price. This collection consists of the following albums: Allen & Ginter: 1) A3 Birds of America (6 x 9 inches). The birdcage-shaped album is composed of nine pages featuring birds, an advertising page, plus two covers, all attached by a non-original string. Both covers have torn at the eyelet hole and are held together with clear tape, otherwise the album grades Vg-Ex. The interior pages are bright and crisp with vibrant colors. W. Duke Sons & Co.: 2) A26 Costumes of All Nations (10-3/8 x 6-3/4 inches). The album is composed of twenty-one pages featuring the cards from the N70 and N71 series, an introduction page, and one of the two covers (missing back cover). The front cover is missing the upper-right corner and a few stains are visible. Overall Poor condition. The interior pages are bright and crisp with vibrant colors. 3) A27 Governors, Coats of Arms and Interesting Features of the States and Territories (10-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches). A couple small edge tears on the back cover, otherwise the album grades Vg-Ex. The interior pages are bright and crisp with bold colors. Total: 3 albums. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.


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