Exceedingly rare sample card of Little Nick Nicol 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, which is itypical of Lone Jack cards. This card is crisp and clean, with four strong corners. The blank reverse displays one wrinkle and light glue residue. The top border of the card has been trimmed off, accounting for the "Authentic/Altered" designation by PSA. 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. This is an attractive sample from this very rare pre-1900 tobacco set. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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