1917-1926 "The Ball" Cigar Box and Original Tin Advertising Sign

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1488

Item Year: 1885

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Addendum: Please note that in our catalog we erroneously dated this cigar box and advertising sign to the nineteenth century. The tax stamp on the box conclusively dates it to the period 1917 to 1926. 

Rare pairing of "The Ball" cigar box and tin advertising sign, each featuring a colorful depiction of a baseball game in progress within the central design of the brand's label. These are the first examples for each we have ever seen, making this an exceptional pairing and one that would be highly coveted by both baseball and tobacco collectors alike. The interior cigar-box label, which remains in spectacular Near Mint condition, features the brand name, "The Ball," and a central portrait image of the company owner "F. G. Ball." The image to his left pictures a ballroom scene, while to his right is a baseball game in progress. Below his image is a montage of baseball equipment, comprised of a glove, a bat, a catcher's mask, and a lemon-peel ball. The exterior side label pictures just a portrait image of F. G. Ball. The exterior label trim incorporates the equipment motif shown on the interior label. The box (9.5 x 5.5 x 3 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition overall, displaying modest wear commensurate with its age and former use. The tin advertising sign features the same exact image as that of the interior cigar-box label. The red-lettered text above reads "Two Sizes/The Ball," and below, "Cigar/Manley & Ball Co. Minneapolis, Minn." The pricing appears on either side of the central image: "10¢ Straight" and "3 For 25¢." The sign (13.5 x 9.5 inches) displays six nail holes, including one along the base of the central image, a number of small dents, moderate abrasions, and heavy surface wear along the left border. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 items: cigar box and tin sign. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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