Lot # 45: 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter "World's Champions" Album

Starting Bid: $300.00

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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 to heavy wear. The front and back covers, as well as a few inside pages, have some tearing at the binding holes (which is very common and has caused the covers and two inside pages to separate from the string). There is a spot of paper loss on the front cover, the upper-right corner is missing, and there is evidence of erased writing. The back cover has a few creases, evidence of erased writing, and light soiling. The interior pages are all bright and crisp, with one page displaying a small edge tear. One page has a pinhole. The string binding is complete, original and intact. A low-grade example of this classic, extremely popular, and colorful premium that presents the complete N28 set in album form and represents an outstanding value among nineteenth-century tobacco issues. Reserve $300.

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