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1889 N185 W. S. Kimball "Dancing Girls of the World" Near-Complete Set (49/50)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600
Complete set minus one of 1889 N185 W. S. Kimball "Dancing Girls of the World," consisting of forty-nine (out of fifty) cards. A very attractive group of these scarce and colorful tobacco cards, bright and clean, grading Vg to Ex overall when viewed from the front, with five lesser. Thirteen cards have small flaws, such as pencil writing or paper loss, on the reverse (which is common with nineteenth-century cards) and would therefore grade more modestly. Issued with Kimball's Cigarettes, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a dancing woman in native costume from one of fifty different countries represented. The countries are checklisted on the back of the cards. Cards issued by W. S. Kimball & Co. tend to be far rarer than those issued by some of the larger tobacco companies of the era such as Allen & Ginter. This is a rarely offered and very attractive nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card near-complete set with outstanding eye-appeal. Total: 49 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $600
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