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Circa 1906 PC472-1 Raphael Tuck and Sons "Presidents of the U.S." Complete Set (25)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Complete set of twenty-five cards from the PC472-1 "Presidents of the U.S." series produced by Raphael Tuck and Sons, circa 1906. Each of the Presidents from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt is depicted in a portrait pose on these full-color postcards, with a facsimile signature underneath his image and his name and term printed in the bottom margin. The standard postcard reverse features biographical information along with copyrighting and company logos. Interestingly, though Raphael Tuck and Sons is extremely well known in the vintage-postcard collecting world, in the trading-card world it is perhaps better known for its series of colorful baseball die-cuts produced in 1888 (along with various other nonsport die-cuts made during the same period). This is an extremely attractive complete set of one of the best of all early presidential sets, ranging in grade from Vg to Ex. None of the postcards is written on or postally used, although half of the postcards have a small spot of paper loss (not immediately apparent) in the center of the reverse (obviously from some prior mounting) and might technically grade lower if submitted for professional grading despite the strong appearance. The American Card Catalog lists the PC472-1 "Presidents of the U.S." set as being comprised of twenty-six cards (as opposed to twenty-five), but this is either in error, or counts a second pose of Washington that was issued at some point in time but which was not included with this set when issued.. This is an outstanding and extremely consistent complete set of this rarely-seen nonsport postcard issue. Total: 25 postcards. SOLD FOR $540
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