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1889 N386 Spaulding & Merrick Echo Cigarettes Jake Kilrain (SGC 40)

1889 N386 Spaulding & Merrick Echo Cigarettes Jake Kilrain (SGC 40)

The ACC lists this as a set of 24 but there are only two boxing cards known: #7 John L. Sullivan and #8 Jake Kilrain. Burdick’s own holdings consisted of only a Sullivan and two Kilrains. The card backs advertise Plow Boy cigarettes (blue ink) or Echo cigarettes (red). Given that the subjects are Sullivan and Kilrain an issue date of 1889 is likely correct. The two staged the last epic brawl of the bare knuckles era in the countryside outside New Orleans on July 8, 1889, Sullivan winning in 75 rounds. N386s are rare in any condition, and this one is especially nice; the grade is technically accurate for a crease across the middle of the card but the corners and overall look of the card is far better.

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