Originally conceived amidst Boston’s domination over the short-lived National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP), this unique display piece also coincides with the burgeoning era of opulent tobacco advertising. Producers of quality cigars, in seeking to identify with and lure an upscale clientele, utilized the finest artists and printing methods available in creating ornate labels for their products. The imagery often included themes as varied as animals, transportation, science, military, nautical and sports. Today, many of the most valuable and highly sought tobacco labels from the nineteenth century are those related to baseball. This display is comprised of a complete series of sixteen color progressions, culminating with a final production version of a Boston Red Stockings cigar label. The label, which on its own merits high regard, features a fine stone litho rendering of a period Red Sox player in the foreground of a game in progress. Next to the ball field is a body of water presumed to be the Charles River. Text appearing in the lower left corner of the final version, as well as on several of the proofs, reads, “Registered in the year 1874 by Nichols and MacDonald. Transferred 1884 to Fred’k W. MacDonald. In patent office at Washington." The labels were discovered together in their original paper folder (included) in which they were bound together by the printer. Their state of preservation is exceptional, with each label retaining its original vibrance. Framed.