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Tremendous 1887-1890 Duke Nonsport Tobacco-Card Collection (1,249 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,500
Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 1,249 tobacco cards from twenty different Duke issues dating between 1887 and 1890. (The number of 1887-1890 Duke tobacco cards in this lot is not a misprint: One-Thousand Two-Hundred and Forty-Nine cards!) Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible assemblage includes samples and groups from some of the nineteenth-century's most popular nonsport tobacco card sets. This tremendous lot 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 tobacco cards.
This collection consists of the following: 1) N70 Actors and Actresses - 1st Series (123 cards): Includes near-complete set of 47 different (out of 50). Vg to Vg-Ex, with fifty-five lesser. 2) N71 Actors and Actresses - 2nd Series (108 cards): Includes near-complete set of 48 different (out of 50). Vg to Vg-Ex, with sixty-eight lesser. 3) N72 Coins of all Nations (78 cards): 44 different. Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), with twenty lesser. 4) N73 Fancy Dress Ball Costumes (106 cards): Includes near-complete set of 49 different (out of 50). Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), with thirty-three lesser. 5) N74 Fishers and Fish (64 cards): 36 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with twenty-seven lesser. 6) N75 Floral Beauties and Language of Flowers (40 cards): 34 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with ten lesser. 7) N77 Gymnastic Exercises (23 cards): 14 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with seven lesser. 8) N78 Histories of Generals (3 booklets): Pr to Gd. 9) N79 Histories of Poor Boys (16 booklets): 13 different. Pr to Vg. 10) N80 Holidays (39 cards): 28 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with fourteen lesser. 11) N81 Jokes (14 cards): 13 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with four lesser. 12) N82 Musical Instruments (4 cards): Vg, with one Gd. 13) N84 Playing Cards (279 cards): 174 numbered variations, including near-complete set of 52 different, and 105 no number variations, including near-complete set of 52 different. Vg to Ex overall, with some lesser. 14) N85 Postage Stamps (51 cards): 28 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with thirty lesser, including nine missing stamp on front. 15) N86 Scenes of Perilous Occupations (35 cards): 27 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with four lesser. 16) N87 Shadows (26 cards): 20 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with six different. 17) N88 The Terrors of America (90 cards): 39 different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with forty lesser. 18) N89 Tinted Photos (100 cards): Includes complete set of 50 regular cards and partial set of 21 diecuts (out of 50). Vg to Vg-Ex, with fifty-five lesser. 19) N90 Vehicles of the World (4 cards): Vg, with one Gd. 20) N91 Yacht Colors of the World (46 cards): 30 different. Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), with fourteen lesser.
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: 1,249 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,500
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