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1896-1935 Comic Characters Non-Sport Card Collection (650+ cards)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Comic characters have always been a popular subject for cards and various promotions. Presented is a very unusual assortment consisting primarily of cards but also including a number of other paper advertising items, the common theme of which is that all feature characters, mostly comic strip characters, which have at some time over the past one hundred years been popular with the public. This collection spans the 1890s through the 1930s. We list here all the major groups and items, but included in the collection (held in one large album) are a few additional interesting items. 1) 1896 "Yellow Kid" 11 different of 25-card series (2.625 x 4.5 inches). Three with text reverses, others blank backed (two with writing on backs). Very attractive group of one of the most classic of all early non-sport issues in Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex condition. No creases. 2) 1930s Wheaties "Skippy" game card set of 36. Numbered 1-36. Overall Ex-Mt. 3) F272-23 "Skippy": 6 different of 12-card set. Vg. 4) 1930 Carreras (British) "Alice in Wonderland" 47 of 48-card set (missing #27). Rounded corner style set measuring 2.375 x 3 inches. All Ex-Mt. 5) Very unusual "Buster Brown" issue with blue pattern backs. Circus theme. 43 different cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches). This is a beautiful set with which we were unfamiliar, with outstanding color. 39 Ex, 4 Vg-Ex.6),/b> "Buster Brown and His Dog Tige" (U. S. Playing Card set), 1.5 x 2.5 inches, playing card set of 52 plus "joker," each with different Buster Brown illustration. Ex-Mt. 7) R757-1 "Sugar Daddy" complete set of 50. Very crisp, clean set. Almost all are Ex or better, a few slightly lesser. Accompanied by the extremely rare cardboard store display card advertising the set (8.5 x 6 inches), which features an illustration of card #43 Moon Mullins (Ex-Mt). 8) Kensitas Tobacco (British) Series 2 album "Henry" complete set of 50 cards (2.5 x 3 inches). The set is mounted in a special premium album (Vg). Aside from being glued in, the cards are Ex-Mt. 9) T78 Tareyton "Henry" 45 different ranging in grade from Vg to Ex. 10) Kensitas "Henry" (2.5 x 3 inches): 132 assorted cards ("...1004 doctors..." on rev.) ranging from Ex to Nr/Mt. 11) Kensitas "Henry" numbered near set (2.5 x 3 inches): 48 of 50 cards in set, missing only #9 and 21 for completion. Overall Excellent. 12) E43 American Caramel "Circus Caramels" 7 diff. Gd-Vg. 13) T88-1 Sweet Caporal "Mutt & Jeff" 43 diff. Vg-Ex. 14) T88-4 "Mutt & Jeff" (color) 23 diff. Vg-Ex. 15) 1906 uncatalogued "M" set "Maud" (N. Y. Journal-American) as two panels totaling 36 uncut cards (1.5 x 2.5 inches). Both panels Vg-Ex. 16) W640 "What's This?" (Simon & Schuster) complete set of 24 in six uncut panels of four. All about Vg. 17) Uncatalogued 1934 Wrigley's Gum "The Comic Club" membership stamp sheet (perforated 7 x 9.5 panel of 19 comic subjects). Ex. Includes "Comic Club Money," two each of six different bills (each 2.5 x 6 inches). All Ex-Mt. 18) 1935 "Pee Wee" perforated card sheets. Two different 12-card sheets (Vg and Vg-Ex), both sheets have an original illustration of Pee Wee, with signature and personalized message, on the reverse by the artist, S. M. Iger. 19) Also included in the collection are four small tobacco labels, Tom Mix (both Ex), Andy Gump (Vg-Ex), and Rudolph Valentino (Ex-Mt); plus a magnificent circa 1900 interior tobacco label (6 x 10 inches) featuring Uncle Sam (one small tear otherwise Ex). This is an an extremely unusual collection including many rare issues, featuring many different characters. Total 650+ cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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