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1891 N554 Finzer "Inventors and Inventions" SGC-Graded Complete Set (10)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $823

Complete set of ten 1891 N554 Finzer "Inventors and Inventions" cards, all graded and encapsulated by SGC. This is an incredibly rare and interesting set, issued by Finzer Tobacco, a very small tobacco company from Louisville, Kentucky. This has always been one of our favorite sets, but they are so rare that we have only had a few sample cards over the years. This is the first complete set we have ever seen. This is an extremely attractive high-grade complete set of these extremely desirable, colorful, high-quality tobacco cards. This is a gorgeous set, with almost all cards having an appearance far superior to the harsh SGC assigned grades (as is often the case with nineteenth-century tobacco cards). The complete SGC condition composite follows: Four EX 60: Fulton, Lukin, Montgolfier, and Wood. One VG/EX 50: Gutenberg. One VG 40: Howe. Three GOOD 30: Ericsson, Jacquard, and Palissy. FAIR 20: Huygens. Issued with Finzer's Wild Rose Tobacco, the set is entitled "Inventors and Inventions." Each card (2-1/4 x 3-7/8 inches) features a portrait image of a legendary inventor (such as Johann Gutenburg, Robert Fulton, etc.) on the front with a portrait of the inventor and a beautiful color lithograph of a scene relating to the individual's invention. The back of each card features the biography for the inventor and advertising for John Finzer & Brothers' Wild Rose Tobacco brand. In addition to being rare and beautifully designed, this set has particularly fascinating subject matter. This is an extremely attractive set with exceptional eye-appeal. This set is one of the long-held highlights from the collection of a very advanced old-time nonsport collector. N554 "Inventors and Inventions" are rarely offered as a complete set, and are highly prized by historical collectors and nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total 10 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $823

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