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Tremendous 1887-1890 Allen & Ginter Nonsport Tobacco-Card Collection (937 cards) Including Nine Rare N9 Corea and One N9 Fancy Belgium!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,000
Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 937 tobacco cards from twenty-seven different Allen & Ginter issues dating to between 1887 and 1890. Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible assemblage of Allen & Ginter tobacco cards includes samples and groups from some of the nineteenth century's most popular nonsport-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 cards in this collection span 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) N1 American Editors (5 cards): All different. Vg. 2) N3 Arms of All Nations (20 cards): Nineteen different. Vg, with eleven lesser. 3) N4 Birds of America (36 cards): Twenty-four different. Vg, with nineteen lesser. 4) N5 Birds of the Tropics (30 cards): Twenty-seven different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with eleven lesser. 5) N6 City Flags (21 cards): All different. Vg, with seven lesser. 6) N8 Fish From American Waters (18 cards): Sixteen different. Vg, with three lesser. 7) N9 Flags of all Nations - 1st Series (380 cards): Near-complete set of forty-nine cards, including rarites Corea (nine: one Vg-Ex, one Vg, three Gd, one Fr, and three Pr), fancy Belgium with pack of cigarettes on the front (Pr), and Great Britian with yellow sun (four: all Pr due to back damage). Other partial and near-complete sets can be assembled from this grouping as well. Overall condition is 45% Vg to Ex and 55% lesser (almost exclusively due to flaws on the reverse). 8) N10 Flags of All Nations - 2nd Series (87 cards): Near-complete set of forty-two different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with thirty-three lesser. 9) N11 Flags of the States and Territories (2 cards): Pr. 10) N13 Game Birds (18 cards): All different. Vg, with six lesser. 11) N14 General Government and State Capitol Buildings of the United States (13 cards): Twelve different. Vg, with one lesser. 12) N16 Natives in Costume (30 cards): All different. Vg, with eleven lesser. 13) N17 Naval Flags (30 cards): All different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with twenty lesser. 14) N18 Parasol Drill (1 card): Eyes Front (Gd/Vg). 15) N20 Prize and Game Chickens (31 cards): Twenty-three different. Vg, with twelve lesser. 16) N21 Quadrupeds (12 cards): All different. Vg, with five lesser. 17) N22 Racing Colors of the World (17 cards): Fourteen different. Vg, with six lesser. 18) N23 Song Birds of the World (8 cards): All different. Two Vg and six Fr/Gd. 19) N25 Wild Animals of the World (7 cards): Five different. Vg, with two lesser. 20) N26 The World's Beauties - 1st Series (27 cards): Twenty-five different. Vg, with sixteen lesser. 21) N27 The World's Beauties - 2nd Series (31 cards): Twenty-nine different. Vg, with eighteen lesser. 22) N30 The World's Decorations (37 cards): All different. Vg, with fifteen lesser. 23) N31 World's Dudes (4 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex. 24) N32 The World's Racers (19 cards): All different. Vg, with ten lesser. 25) N33 World's Smokers (33 cards): Thirty-one different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with fourteen lesser. 26) N34 World's Sovereigns (19 cards): All different. Vg, with nine different. 27) N58 Girls and Children (1 card): Pr.
This is an incredible and extremely large collection of nineteenth-century Allen & Ginter 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: 937 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,000
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