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1889 N87 Duke "Shadows" Near-Complete Set (47/50)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Near-complete set of 1889 N87 Duke "Shadows" consisting of forty-seven different cards out of fifty in a complete set. Rarely offered near-complete set of these very unusual and amusing nineteenth-century tobacco cards which so effectively provide a window into the culture and humor of America in the 1880s. The set presents as Vg to Vg-Ex when viewed from the front, with seven lesser; however, approximately 40% of the set would technically grade slightly lesser due to small flaws on the reverse. Issued with Duke's Cigarettes, each card illustrates a head shot with title of an individual in the foreground, casting a shadow of a different animal in the background, designed to provide a humorous effect (reminiscent of similar visual gags that appeared in Mad magazine many decades later). The back of each card features a checklist of the set. This is an extremely unusual and very rarely offered near-complete set. Total: 47 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360
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