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1885-1893 Lorillard, Buchner, and Mayo Nonsport Tobacco-Card Collection (240 cards)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,320
Presented is a substantial collection of 240 tobacco cards from twenty different Buchner, Lorillard, and Mayo issues dating between 1885 and 1893. Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible assemblage of tobacco cards includes samples and groups from some of the nineteenth century's most popular nonsport-card sets. This 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: Lorillard: 1) N250 Actresses (39 cards): Includes complete set of 25. Vg, with five lesser. 2) N252 Actresses (10 cards): Fr to Gd. 3) N254 National Flags (7 cards): Gd to Vg. 4) N256 Ancient Mythology Burlesqued (10 cards): Vg, with two lesser. 5) N257 Beautiful Women (38 cards): Fr to Vg (averaging Gd). 6) N258 Playing Cards (16 cards): Vg to Vg-Ex, with five lesser. 7) N259 Types of the Stage (10 cards): Vg. 8) N263 Actresses (3 cards): Two Vg-Ex, one Gd. 9) N264 Actresses (38 cards): Twenty-one Red Cross backs. Vg to Vg-Ex, with ten lesser. 10) N265 Actresses In Opera Roles (8 cards): Vg, with three lesser. 11) N267 Busts of Girls (1 card): Pr. Buchner: 12) N280 Actresses (5 cards): Pr to Gd, with one trimmed. Mayo: 13) N298 Actresses (19 cards): Fr to Vg (averaging Gd). 14) N299 Actresses (4 cards): Fr, with one trimmed. 15) N303 Costumes of Warriors and Soldiers (8 cards): Fr to Vg. 16) N304 Costumes and Flowers (11 cards): Vg, with six lesser. 17) N305 Head Dresses of Various Nations (3 cards): Gd, with two trimmed. 18) N306 National Flowers (1 card): Gd. 19) N307 National Dances (5 cards): Pr to Gd. 20) N311 Shakespeare Characters (4 cards): Fr.
This is an outstanding collection of nineteenth-century tobacco cards from these very popular nonsport-card sets. Total: 240 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,320
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