1886 N370 Lone Jack Cigarettes Dave Foutz

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 24

Item Year: 1886

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Exceedingly rare sample card of Dave Foutz from the N370 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 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. The offered card is free of any creases and presents with slightly faint photo contrast, even wear to the corners, and heavy staining to 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 encapsulated only twenty-two cards from this series in total! This is a very desirable sample from this extremely rare pre-1900 tobacco set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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