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1880s N245 Kinney Bros. "Actors and Actresses" Collection (744 cards)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600
Collection of 744 cards from the N245 Kinney series. These cards feature photographs of actresses in a variety of poses and are very similar in design to N172 Old Judge baseball cards. The name of the actress appears on the front, with advertising on reverse reading "Absolutely Pure - The Old Reliable/Sweet Caporal Cigarette/Has Stood the Test of Time/More Sold Than/All Other Brands/Combined." This is a very attractive collection with approximately 70% presenting Vg to Ex when viewed from the front and 30% lesser. As is usually the case with nineteenth-century cards, approximately 65% of the cards have flaws visible on the reverse, including glue residue, paper loss, and writing and would thus technically grade low despite, in many cases, a much superior appearance. While the N245 set can likely never be considered complete (there are over 3,000 subjects estimated within the set), this is an extremely substantial grouping of very presentable cards from this classic nineteenth-century tobacco issue. Total: 744 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $600
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