Exceedingly rare sample card of Curtis Welsh (Welch) from the Lone Jack Cigarettes series. The Lone Jack set, issued by the Lone Jack Cigarette Company of Lynchburg, Virginia, features portraits of the 1886 Brownie Champs. The thirteen-card set actually uses the very same portraits as appear in the N172 Old Judge Brownie Champ series, but with larger images cropped more closely, and with advertising for Lone Jack Cigarettes surrounding the players' portraits in the background. Their unusual design and great rarity distinguish them as one of the most interesting of all nineteenth-century baseball issues. Lone Jacks bear some similarity to Old Judges, but have no direct connection to Goodwin, and may have been regionally issued only in Virginia. This is a very attractive example with the image a little light (the image quality on Lone Jack cards is usually a little weak). This card is crisp and clean, with light wear to the four corners, and centered to the left. There is a slight factory miscut along the top edge (this type of miscut is characteristic to many nineteenth-century cards that we have seen over the years), which accounts for the "Authentic" designation by SGC. A small ink stamp which reads "T & T" is also present in the center of the blank reverse. Lone Jacks are so rare that the prospect of assembling a set is a virtually impossible task and even finding a sample is extremely difficult. To date, SGC has only encapsulated twenty-two cards from this set in total! This is an extremely attractive sample from this very rare pre-1900 tobacco set. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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