Lot # 43: 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" Album

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The beautifully designed 1888 First Series Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" premium album features all fifty cards from the N28 Allen & Ginter set, including ten baseball players (Anson, Kelly, Clarkson, Comiskey, Keefe, Ward, Glasscock, Bennett, Caruthers, Mulvey) and nine boxers (including Sullivan). The tobacco companies spared no expense in producing these gorgeous, full-color lithographic premium albums, which were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packed with tobacco products (in this case Allen & Ginter). The album (6 x 8 inches) displays moderate wear. The front and back covers, as well as a couple inside pages, have tearing at the binding holes (which is very common), a heavy horizontal crease on the front cover, and an erased pencil notation on the upper right. The back cover displays scattered creasing and spots of moderate discoloration. The interior pages are all bright and clean, with a few of the pages displaying light unobtrusive creasing and/or pushed in corner tips. The string binding is complete, original and intact. In Very Good condition overall. A mid-grade example of this classic, extremely popular, and colorful premium that presents the complete N28 set in album form and represents such an outstanding value among nineteenth-century tobacco issues. Reserve $300.

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