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1887-1890 Duke Large-Size Nonsport Tobacco-Card Collection (734 cards)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,900
Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 734 tobacco cards from thirty different Duke issues dating to between 1887 and 1890. Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible collection includes samples and groups from some of the nineteenth-century's most popular nonsport-card sets. This tremendous grouping is part of an extremely large nonsport-card collection consigned to this auction, with more than two dozen sets offered individually and the balance offered in a series of group lots and collections. While the condition of the cards in this collection spans several grades, it is an extremely pleasing group overall in relatively consistent condition. In the condition composite below, it is noted that some cards grade technically lesser than the overall condition for the given set. In almost all cases, the cards present in the same condition when viewed from the front but are downgraded due to small flaws on the reverse, such as pencil notations, album residue, or paper loss, all extremely common flaws when dealing with nineteenth-century cards.
This collection consists of the following: 1) N94 Actors and Actresses (27 cards): Twenty-four different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with fourteen lesser, including two that have been cut into thirds and taped together. 2) N95 Actresses (63 cards): Includes a complete set of twenty-five different. Vg, with twenty-four lesser, including ten of which have color added. 3) N98 Albums of American Stars (7 cards): Six different. All taped together along the spine, otherwise Vg. 4) N99 Battle Scenes (5 cards): Vg. 5) N102 Bridges (1 card): Gd. 6) N104 Comic Characters (3 cards): Gd/Vg. 7) N106 Fairest Flowers in the World (11 cards): Vg, with four lesser. 8) N107 Fancy Dress Ball Costumes (45 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex, with twenty-three lesser. 9) N108 Fish and Fishing (7 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex, with two lesser. 10) N109 Flags and Costumes (19 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex, with eight lesser. 11) N110 French Novelties (38 cards): Sixteen different. Includes sixteen cards with Gail & Ax backs. Vg, with twenty lesser. 12) N111 Gems of Beauty (23 cards): Nineteen different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with fourteen lesser. 13) N113 Habitations of Man (8 cards): Vg, with four lesser. 14) N116 Illustrated Songs (6 cards): Vg, with two lesser. 15) N117 Industries of States (5 cards): Vg, with three lesser. 16) N118 Jokes (4 cards): Vg, with two lesser. 17) N119 Lighthouses (11 die-cuts): Vg to Vg-Ex, with four lesser. 18) N120 Miniature Novelties (19 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex, with ten lesser. 19) N121 Musical Instruments of the World (6 cards): Vg, with two lesser. 20) N122 Novelties - Girls on Objects (14 cards): Vg, with nine lesser. 21) N126 Rulers, Flags, Arms of All Nations (205 cards): 180 triple-folds and twenty-five checklist-backs. Vg to Vg-Ex, with sixty-five lesser. 22) N128 Snapshots From Puck (29 cards): Nineteen different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with eleven lesser. 23) N129 Stars of the Stage - 1st Series (33 cards): Twenty-three different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with thirteen lesser. 24) N130 Stars of the Stage - 2nd Series (3 cards): Gd to Vg. 25) N131 Stars of the Stage - 3rd Series (28 cards): Seventeen different. Vg, with eleven lesser, including four with color added. 26) N132 Stars of the Stage - 4th Series (50 cards): Includes a complete set of twenty-five. Gd to Vg, with ten lesser. 27) N133 State and Territorial Governors, Coats of Arms, Etc. (54 cards): Thirty-two different. Gd to Vg, with six lesser. 28) N139 Types of Vessels (8 die-cuts): Pr. 29) N140 Yacht Club Colors of the World (1 card): Ward, Pr. 30) N150 Actors and Actresses (1 card): Gd, Gail & Ax back.
This is an incredible and extremely large collection of nineteenth-century Duke tobacco cards, with many highlights, offering tremendous break value, if desired, or providing outstanding foundations for the completion of these very popular nonsport-card sets. Total: 734 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,900
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