1888 Allen & Ginter "Flags of All Nations" Tobacco Banner

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1597

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Outstanding full-color display advertising poster (15.25 x 21.75 inches) for the N9 "Flags of All Nations" set issued by Allen & Ginter in 1888. Catalogued G-8 in the original American Card Catalog. In the 1930s Jefferson Burdick assigned this rare tobacco banner a value of $15. That may not sound like a lot today, but it was actually quite a lot and a sign of the great respect Burdick had for all tobacco banners. Even the most valuable of all cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, was valued only at $50 at the time. These tobacco 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. Beautifully framed. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

SOLD FOR $2,938

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