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1880's Allen & Ginter "The World's Races" Advertising Poster

1880's Allen & Ginter "The World's Races" Advertising Poster

Another major tobacco company that got into the sports trading card game in the 1880's was Allen & Ginter, though at a wary distance. A&G only issued cards for 6 baseball players among 50 cards inserted in its cigarette packages reserving its main interest for the sport revered along Tobacco Road. This hard to find, intensely desirable, poster from the mid-1880's reflects that ardor. This piece beautifully presents images of around 50 nags and their jockeys scattered around a centerpiece horseshoe reading "The World's Racers" and a horse's head above "Allen & Ginter, Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 Cigarettes, Virginia Brights." 16 x 28" poster is done in dark brown with gold borders and with horse-and-jock illustrations within rectangular or oblong areas. Poster is VG-EX with incredibly bold colors and tastefully framed to 20x32" overall.

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