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1880s N342, N343, N346 Thomas H. Hall "Between the Acts and Bravo" Collection (508 cards)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,000
Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 508 tobacco cards from three different sets produced by Thomas H. Hall Tobacco, issued with their Between the Acts and Bravo Cigarettes brands. Truly a collection unto itself, this incredible collection of Thomas H. Hall tobacco cards 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. The offered collection is comprised almost entirely of cards from the N342 issue, a large and complex set consisting of more than 500 known subjects issued between the years 1880 and 1892. Thomas H. Hall Tobacco cards in general are of very special note as: 1) they are truly among the earliest of all American tobacco insert issues, and in fact the famous 1879 N519 Marquis of Lorne card, which was also issued by Thomas H. Hall Tobacco (and is unmistakably very similar in design to N342), is widely recognized as the very first tobacco insert card, and 2) they are much scarcer than many other nineteenth-century tobacco issues (N342 cards, for example, are much scarcer than Old Judge actresses). In addition to its large size, the N342 set is known for its many variations of front styles and background colors, many examples of which are found within this collection. This collection consists of the following: 1) N342 Actors and Actresses (479 cards): Variations in the front design, as well as in the back advertising, are found throughout this selection of cards, including thirteen with gold portrait backgrounds and twenty-five with gold borders. Heavy duplication. The majority of the cards present as Vg (with some Vg-Ex) when viewed from the front; however, small flaws on the reverse, such as paper loss or album residue, are present on more than half of the collection and would ultimately cause them to grade more modestly. Sixty-four cards are neatly trimmed down to the oval image and nameplate underneath. 2) N343 Actresses (15 cards): Ten different. Condition is Pr to Gd. 3) N346 Presidents (14 cards): Twelve different. Condition is Pr to Gd, with five trimmed down to the portrait. While the condition of the cards in this collection span a number of grades, the overwhelming majority are extremely pleasing and consistent when viewed from the front. Any of the flaws that would technically cause them to grade lesser are extremely common when dealing with nineteenth-century cards. This is a very substantial and rarely seen collection of cards from these fascinating issues produced by Thomas H. Hall. Total: 508 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,000
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