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Cigarette Boxing Trading Cards (112547)

Currency:USD Category:Memorabilia / Sports - Boxing Start Price:50.00 USD Estimated At:100.00 - 300.00 USD
Cigarette Boxing Trading Cards  (112547)
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700.00USDto d*******f+ (175.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2020 Feb 17 @ 12:06UTC-8 : PST
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Lot of one hundred cards issued by Mecca Cigarettes with portraits of fighters. The cards are 2 /12 x 3 1/4 inches, with career statistics on the back. One card was issued by Hassan cigarettes "The Oriental Smoke". Stars include: Jack Johnson, James J. Corbett, Robert Fitzsimmons, Dick Nelson, Joe Gans and Jack Dempsey. In 1910, Mecca Cigarettes manufactured the Champion Athletes and Prize Fighter series. "The amount of detail in the background, the vibrant colors, and the realistic rendering of the boxers speaks to the delicate handiwork that went into illustrating these widely disseminated ephemeral objects." (Angela Pastorelll Sosa, Met Museum of Art). These cards also reflect the rising popularity of boxing in popular culture from 1909 to 1912, when tobacco companies issued hundreds of boxing cards to mirror the sport's success in the United States.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection
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