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1889 N526 Number 7 Cigar Collection (5)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,350.00

Collection of five exceedingly rare 1889 Number 7 Cigar cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. 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 portrait line drawings of members of the Boston Nationals. 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 are commonly referred to as “Number 7 Cigars” as almost all cards known 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 extremely clean collection of five cards includes four "Number 7 Cigars" ad back cards and one very rare "Diamond S Cigar" back card. This is an exciting group. We can't help but note that SGC has been harsh on these. Though there is a slight difference in the degree of corner wear from the highest- to lowest-graded card of the group, overall the five cards are in Excellent condition to our eye, and one could really not reasonably expect to find a finer group. This is the largest collection of "Number 7 Cigar" cards we have had in twenty years. Consists of: C. W. Bennett (VG 40), two James Hart (one with rare Diamond S ad on back and C.S. White & Co. stamp on front grades EX 60, the other Number 7 ad on back grades VG/EX 50), R. F. Johnston (VG 40), and M.J. Madden (VG/EX 50). This is an extremely attractive and very significant collection of these rarities. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a very significant collection of five high-grade examples of this seldom-seen nineteenth-century issue. Total 5 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,350.00


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