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1888 N224 Kinney Bros. "Military Series" Partial Set (415 Different)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,700

Addendum: This lot contains 415 different cards plus forty-two different, not 457 different as originally list in the printed catalog. A complete inventory listing is available upon request.

Presented is a tremendous collection of 415 different cards (out of the 622 in the massive set) plus forty-two duplicates from the 1888 N224 Kinney Military tobacco series. The Kinney Military series is considered in many ways to be the nonsport-card equivalent in significance and intrigue to the N172 Old Judge or T206 baseball-card sets for their eras. It is a huge set, of great significance as one of the most ambitious and popular card issues of the day, and with many intricacies with reference to rarities, including virtually impossible-to-find cards. A complete set is literally unheard of, and this is only the fourth collection of any notable quantity from this series that we have ever offered. To the best of our knowledge no one has ever completed a set of N224s. The most complete collection that we know to exist is that of the legendary Sir Edgar Wharton-Tiger. His collection of 621 different (of 622 different cards known) is permanently housed in the British Museum. The one card he is missing, "Hussar of France," is an extreme rarity. Issued with Kinney's tobacco, these cards feature magnificent full-color illustrations of men dressed in military uniforms of various nations from a variety of time periods. Approximately half the set features American military uniforms and approximately half the set features foreign military uniforms from around the world. Condition: The entire collection presents in Vg to Ex condition (averaging Vg-Ex) with only a few lesser when viewed from the front. There are, however, faint pencil or ink marks (appearing to be numbers relating to the checklist), light glue residue, or areas of paper loss visible on the reverse of approximately two-thirds of the cards. While this is especially common, and tolerated, among nineteenth-century cards, if professionally graded, these cards would grade modestly despite their far superior appearance. This is one of the largest collections we have seen of these classic nineteenth-century tobacco cards, and is simply a remarkable and outstanding foundation for carrying on the challenging quest for completion of the N224 Kinney Military set. A complete inventory listing is available upon request. Total: 457 cards.  Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $2,700

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