The beautifully designed 1888 First Series Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" premium album features all fifty cards from the N28 Allen & Ginter set, including ten baseball players (Anson, Kelly, Clarkson, Comiskey, Keefe, Ward, Glasscock, Bennett, Caruthers, Mulvey) and nine boxers (including Sullivan). The tobacco companies spared no expense in producing these gorgeous full-color lithographic premium albums, which were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packed with tobacco products (in this case Allen & Ginter). The album displays some light corner and edge wear. The front cover has some tearing at the binding holes (which is very common with tobacco albums and does not affect the interior pages), a spot of paper loss that touches the back of Ward's image, a few light creases, and three spots of light toning (primarily in the upper left). The back cover is clean. The interior pages are all bright and crisp. The string binding is complete, original and intact. A solid example of this classic, extremely popular, and colorful premium which presents the complete N28 set in album form and represents such an outstanding value among nineteenth-century tobacco issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
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