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1889 N526 Number 7 Cigar Complete SGC-Graded Set (15)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $10,800

Presented is a complete set of fifteen exceedingly rare 1889 Number 7 Cigar cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA, except for Clarkson). This is extremely remarkable given that even a sample card from this unusual and rare nineteenth-century set is difficult to find. A complete set is virtually unheard of. 1889 Number 7 Cigars are one of the rarest and most unusual nineteenth-century tobacco trade-card sets. This fifteen-card set was issued in 1889 and features line-drawn portraits of members of the Boston Nationals, including Hall of Famers Mike "King" Kelly, Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, and Dan Brouthers. The cards were issued in several variations which relate to the advertising on the cards. The back of the cards feature ads for either Diamond S Cigars or Number 7 Cigars. Cards with “C.S. White & Co.” stamped at the top are also known. C.S. White & Co. was very likely a tobacco shop that distributed the cards. All cards from this issue have long been referred to as “Number 7 Cigars” as almost all known cards feature advertising on the reverse for that brand of tobacco. These unusual large cards, which each measure 2.25 x 4 inches, are incredibly rare and are not often seen in any condition. This is only the second complete set we have ever seen offered at public auction! This extremely attractive set of fifteen cards includes twelve "Number 7 Cigars" ad back cards, two very rare "Diamond S Cigar" back cards, and one card with the advertisement obscured by scrapbook paper. The SGC grades are as follows: One EX/NM 80: Madden. One EX 60: Nash (rare Diamond S reverse). One VG/EX 50: Clarkson (HOF, slightly overgraded in our opinion due to a small pencil mark and adhesive marks on reverse; technically Gd). One VG 40: Brown. Four GOOD 30: Hart, Johnston, Kelly (HOF), and Radbourn (HOF, rare Diamond S reverse). Four FAIR 20: Bennett, Ganzell, Quinn, and Richardson. Two POOR 10: Brouthers (HOF) and Sowders. One Authentic: Ray (back obscured). This is an extremely attractive set with many of the lesser-grade cards presenting as Vg to Ex from the front but downgraded due to album residue or small pencil marks on the reverse. This stunning set represents a very rare opportunity to acquire the complete set of fifteen cards from this distinctive, fascinating, and rare nineteenth-century issue. Also included is an ad card for the set (2.75 x 4.25 inches, Ex). Total: 15 cards in the complete set plus one ad card. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $10,800

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