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Circa 1910 PX210 Laurens Cigarettes Indian and Western Die-cut-Card Collection (13)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240
Extremely attractive and exceedingly rare collection of thirteen different miniature die-cut cards, classified in the American Card Catalog as PX210 Indian and Western, issued by Laurens Cigarettes. While we cannot precisely date this set, we believe it is circa 1910. Each die-cut, which measures approximately 2 x 1 inches (some slightly smaller or larger), features a colorful depiction in extraordinary detail of Native Americans and U.S. cavalrymen. The reverse features advertising for Laurens, "The Cigarette of Royalty," and pricing of 15 cents for a package of ten. The ACC lists the cards as celluloid pieces, but in hand, they appear to be made of a coated cardboard (these cards are so rare and infrequently encountered that it is possible they were produced multiple ways, but we have nothing to compare against). Careful examination of the cards reveals that they were intended to feature a tab at the bottom (similar to the 1896 N301 Mayo's game cards) to allow for the die-cuts to stand freely and be played with by children. Each of the cards appears to have been neatly cut at the fold of the tab (the tabs are cut away), with "Factory No. 2153, 3rd District, State of New York" printed alongside and visible on some of the cards. While we do not know exactly what constitutes a complete set of the issue, this is the largest group we have ever seen (we recall seeing a sample many years ago). We must express our gratitude to the knowledgeable collectors on the Network54 Vintage Non-Sports Cards message board (www.network54.com/Forum/526604/) for their invaluable help in researching and properly identifying this scarce issue. (Thank You!!!) All are bright, crisp, and clean, with vibrant colors and flawless die-cut edges. The reverses display light toning, and there is minor adhesive residue visible on four of the cards. Overall this is a superb-looking collection of cards from this extremely rare set which would be outstanding additions to any advanced nonsport-card collection. Total: 13 cards. SOLD FOR $240
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