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1885-1893 Various Brands Tobacco-Card Collection (1,025 cards)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 1,025 tobacco cards from nineteen different issues dating between 1885 and 1893. Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible assemblage includes samples and groups from some of the nineteenth-century's most popular nonsport tobacco 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 condition of the cards in this collection spans 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 tobacco cards.
This collection consists of the following: 1) N353 Portraits of Ladies of the White House (14 cards): Twelve different. Vg to Vg-Ex, with five lesser. 2) N366 Language of Flowers (5 cards): Four different. Pr to Gd. 3) N375 Breeds of Dogs (1 card): Gordon Setter (ad trimmed off). 4) N385 Animals (51 cards): Includes near-complete set of 23/24 cards. All blue front, except for eleven black and one red. Pr to Vg. 5) N388 National Types (330 cards): Twenty-nine different, with heavy duplication. Both varities of thin- and thick-stock. Pr to Vg. 6) N453 Girls (17 cards): Fifteen different. Vg, with four lesser. 7) N456 Girls (6 cards): Four different. Vg, with four lesser. 8) N457 Playing Cards (109 cards): Pr to Vg. 9) N458 Playing Cards (341 cards): Pr to Vg. 10) N496 Actresses (2 cards): Gd. 11) N500 Flags of Nations (37 cards): Thirty different. Pr to Vg. 12) N501 Flags of States (6 cards): All different. Vg, with two lesser. 13) N532 Actresses (13 cards): Five different. Pr to Gd. 14) N534 Actresses (4 cards): Three different. Pr to Fr. 15) N537 Actresses (71 cards): Fifteen different. Forty-one black back (Vg to Vg-Ex, with twenty lesser) and thirty white back (Vg to Ex, all Lily Elton). 16) N541 Actresses (6 cards): Five different. Pr to Gd. 17) N554 Inventors and Inventions (3 cards): All different. Fr to Gd. 18) N557 National Sports (2 cards): One trimmed and one Gd. 19) N566 Newsboy Cabinets (7 cards): Vg, with three lesser.
This is an incredible and extremely large collection of nineteenth-century 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: 1,025 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700
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