Circa 1930 Bambino Tobacco Tin

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1657

Item Year: 1930

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Attractive example of this classic baseball tobacco tin which is highly regarded in both the baseball and advertising collecting fields. The striking design of the Bambino tin, which sets a black-and-white silhouette of the Babe's mighty swing against a bright red background, has always made this a favorite among baseball and advertising collectors. It is interesting to note that Bambino Smoking Tobacco was not actually endorsed by Ruth. By using only one of Ruth's many nicknames ("Bambino") and picturing a silhouette instead of a more detailed image, Bailey Brothers, Inc., the tobacco company that produced Bambino, was able to avoid paying royalties for Ruth's formal endorsement. Tobacco tins rarely survive without some scrapes, chips, and rust, and this example is no exception. A number of small paint chips are noticeable on the reverse and there is minor oxidation to the lid. There has been restoration to approximately twenty percent of the red paint on the front. Remnants of tax stamps remain on either side of the tin. While technically in Very Good condition, when viewed frontally the tin displays an Excellent overall appearance. Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 4.5 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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