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1880s N245 Kinney "Actors and Actresses" Collection (350)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300
Collection of 350 different cards from the N245 Kinney series, highlighted by nine different Lillian Russell cards (Russell is one of the most famous actresses in this series, which is full of many lesser-known and now-unknown subjects). These cards feature photographs of actresses in a variety of poses and are very similar in design to N172 Old Judge baseball cards. The name of the actress appears on the front, with advertising on reverse, most commonly reading "Absolutely Pure - The Old Reliable/Sweet Caporal Cigarette/Has Stood the Test of Time/More Sold Than/All Other Brands/Combined." This is a very attractive collection with approximately 60% presenting as Vg to Ex from the front with 40% lesser. As is usually the case with nineteenth-century cards, approximately 65% of the cards have flaws visible on the reverse, including glue residue, paper loss, writing, or creasing limited to the back, and would thus technically grade low despite, in many cases, a much superior appearance. While the N245 set can likely never be considered complete (there are over 3,000 subjects estimated to comprise the set!), this is a sizable sampling of very presentable cards from this classic nineteenth-century tobacco issue. A complete inventory has been made by our consignor from the listing in the World Tobacco Index and is available upon request. Total: 350 cards. SOLD FOR $300
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