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1888 N76 Duke "Great Americans" SGC-Graded Complete Set (51)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,994
Complete set of fifty 1888 N76 Duke "Great Americans” plus one variation (both poses of Beecher) for a total of 51 cards, all graded and encapsulated by SGC. This is a very strong set of these extremely striking nineteenth-century tobacco cards with thirty-five cards ranging from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt, seven are Vg, and nine slightly lesser (mostly Good). The complete SGC condition composite follows: Five EX/NM 80: Cooper, Key, Longfellow, Payne, and Seward. Five EX+ 70: Edison, Franklin, Howe, Irving, and Webster. Seventeen EX 60: Barrett, Clay, Clemens, Ericsson, Garfield, Henry, Jackson, Jones, Lincoln, Logan, Morse, Penn, Scott, Stanley, Sumner, Washington, and Webster. Eight VG/EX 50: Booth, Farragut, Grant, Greeley, Hawthorne, Smith, West, and Whittier. Seven VG 40: Forrest, Fulton, Girard, Hancock, Jefferson, Poe, and Sheridan. Seven GOOD 30: Adams, Beecher (facing right), Beecher (facing left), Cooper, Holmes, Perry, and Wayne. One FAIR 20: Hamilton. One Authentic: Kane. Issued with Duke's Cigarettes, the set is entitled "Great Americans," and as the set title implies, these cards feature great Americans from all walks of life. Each insert card measures 2.75 x 1.5 inches and features a portrait image of a historical figure (such as George Washington, Thomas Edison, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, etc.) on the front with a checklist presented on the reverses. This is an extremely attractive set with outstanding eye-appeal. Duke's "Great Americans" are rarely offered as a complete set, and are highly prized by both historical collectors and nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total 51 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,994
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