Classic February 2006
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Virtually every public relations image of Nellie Fox known to exist projects the slick Hall of Famer with a conspicuous wad of chewing tobacco. Throughout the history of the game (or any professional sporting institution, for that matter) ballplayers have exchanged the commercial fruits of Madison Avenue. We've come to accept most of these as superficial conveniences, but there's utterly no other union, of ballplayer and consumer product, so convincingly bound as Nellie Fox and this expressed approval of "Favorite Chewing Tobacco." In this listing, we feature two media featuring Fox and this product. The first of these is an unopened paper tobacco pouch, still holding the packer's original tobacco. The net contents (three ounces) remain firmly and cleanly secured in this product unit measuring 3-1/2" x 5" x 1-1/4". Even the original cellophane wrap is perfect with not a tear, puncture or separation to be found. The reverse of this package then portraits eight other baseballers approving "Favorite," and their captioned teams isolate the vintage of this pouch to 1961. The front states that this is a "Free Sample," meaning, of course, that it was never retailed. Complementing this treasure is a similarly designed memo book. It's composed principally of blank, lined pages, but seven of the pages offer additional endorsements from 13 professional athletes including Aparicio, Mazeroski, Paul Hornung and Norm Cash. In analyzing this latter piece, it was not a companion to the pouch, but instead, it appeared in 1963. Both of these are remarkably NM/MT, and represent endorsements really worth a bite.
1960's Nellie Fox Unopened "Favorite Tobacco" Pouch and Pictorial Booklet (2)
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