Lot # 96: 1890 Old Judge Cigarette Box

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 21 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM

Old Judge cigarette box dating from the time of issue of the classic N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. The box (1 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 3/4 inches) features both the brand name "Old Judge" and the company name, "Goodwin & Co.," on the front. The 1883 tax stamp on the reverse has been clearly over-stamped with the date "Jan 1, 1890." Old Judge tobacco cards, one of the first and most significant of all baseball-card issues, were distributed in packs of cigarettes exactly like this between the years 1887 and 1890. Did this now-empty pack once contain a Cap Anson, King Kelly, or Buck Ewing card? We will never know, but it is a scarce and significant item, ideal for display, relating to baseball's first major tobacco-card issue. The box is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100.

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