Circa 1910 B33 "College Athlete, Pennant and Seal" Fringed Rugs Collection (247)

Sold For: $5,333

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1380

Item Year: 1910

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Extraordinary collection of 247 different B33 "College Athlete, Pennant and Seal" fringed rugs. In the early part of the century, tobacco companies issued "fringed rugs" as premiums. These rugs (3 x 5 inches) feature a generic college athlete representing one of ten different sports (including baseball, basketball, football, and hockey). The rugs all have the factory number stamped on the reverse. This is by far the largest and most comprehensive collection of these premiums we have ever seen or heard of. Grading rugs is difficult simply because they are not traditional cards. For B33 "Fringed" Tobacco rugs, this collection is extremely strong! Excellent overall (with many in higher grades, Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt) with just a few slightly lesser. The collection consists of the following (quantities in parentheses): Amherst (10), Army (10), Brown (10), Chicago (10), Colgate (10), Colorado (10), Columbia (10), Cornell (8 of 10, missing hockey and tennis), Dartmouth (7 of 10, missing basketball, hockey, and tennis), Harvard (10), Johns Hopkins (8 of 10, missing basketball and swimming), Knox (10), Michigan (1, tennis), Navy (10), Oregon (9 of 10, missing rowing), Penn. (10), Princeton (8 of 10, missing basketball and tennis), Rutgers (10), St. Louis (10), Stanford (8 of 10, missing hockey and rowing), Syracuse (2, hockey and swimming), Trinity (10), Tufts (10), Utah (10), Vermont (8 of 10, missing hurdles and rowing), Williams (10), Wisconsin (9 of 10, missing rowing), and Yale (9 of 10, missing football). This is one of the prize groups of tobacco premiums, from the most extraordinary and advanced collection of 1910-era tobacco premiums we have ever seen, which is presented in this auction. Total: 247 rugs. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $5,333

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