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    1880's Chas. Gross & Co. "Kalamazoo Bats" (N690) Tobacco Wood Carton. A century ago, the Charles Gross & Co. of Philadelphia sold cigars to the public and gave to the hobby some of the most coveted 19th Century tobacco baseball and actress cards ever produced. The cards are a deep source of pride of everyone fortunate enough to have one in their collection. They are also among the rarest 19th Century cards as well. As you can imagine, finding any type of Chas. Gross associated material is almost impossible. This presentation is for a wood late-1880's "Kalamazoo Bats" carton from right around the same year the coveted baseball cards were sold. The outside is covered with the original rich blue paper with a reptilian-like pattern. There are minor areas of surface marring and some overall soiling and wear. The bright yellow inside is clean and damage free making for the perfect venue for the orange graphics boasting, "Smoke The Kalamazoo Bats - 4 For 10-Cents" and the Chas. Gross & Co. name. Graphics show no damage or wear. The top lid is fully attached. The upper half of the front panel by design flips open to reveal a second Kalamazoo Bats ad. A stunning retail display piece that measures 14" x 8" x 5" and is to the best our knowledge the only example of its kind and a remarkable specimen.

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    August, 2015
    13th Thursday
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