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1889 N85 Duke "Postage Stamps” Near-Complete Set (38/50)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300
Near-complete set of 1889 N85 Duke "Postage Stamps” consisting of thirty-eight different cards out of fifty in a complete set. One of nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting's most unusual and fascinating sets! Issued with Duke's Cigarettes, the popular hobbies of stamp collecting and card collecting inspired this unique set. The cards feature beautiful colorful lithographs related to the postal service, including a real stamp attached to the fronts of the cards, from different areas of the world. We can only imagine the logistics involved in the production of this set. Each stamp clearly had to be mounted at the factory by hand, one at a time, no doubt by many workers in an assembly-line process. This set was obviously the result of great vision and a tremendous desire to produce a set that stood out from the crowded field of card sets issued in the 1880s. All cards display bright colors, with 50% of the set grading Vg to Vg-Ex and 50% technically lesser, almost entirely due to small flaws on the reverse. One of the most interesting and ingenious sets ever produced, Duke's "Postage Stamps" are rarely offered as a complete or near-complete set, and are highly prized by both stamp collectors and nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 38 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $300
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