1888 N239 Kinney Bros. "Racehorses" Large-Format Premium Card Collection (27)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,888
This remarkable find of twenty-seven circa 1888 Kinney Bros. "N239 Racehorses" large-format premium cards (8 x 10 inches) were part of an extraordinary recently discovered find of extremely rare nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco items. These full-color large-format glossy premiums were issued in conjunction with the 1888 Kinney Bros. "Racehorses" series (N229, N230, and N231). These premiums were available only by mail in exchange for twenty-five small-size cards each. They are extremely rare! In fact, in all our years we can only remember having a single sample from this rare set. The beautiful artwork and rich color of the premiums make them one of the most striking and distinctive of all nineteenth-century nonsport issues. The premiums were offered in three different subsets: Famous American Running Horses (N229), Famous English Running Horses (N230), and Great American Trotters (N231). This substantial collection is comprised of premiums from two of the three subsets: 1) Famous American Running Horses (11 different): The Bard, Dew Drop, Dry Monopole, Elkwood, Emperor of Norfolk, Exile, Freeland, Leonatus, Sir Dixon, Tremont, and Troubadour. Six cards grade Ex or better, one Vg-Ex, one Gd, and three lesser. 2) Famous English Running Horses (16 different): Bendigo, Bend Or, Blair Athol, Cremorne, Galopin, George Frederick, Iroquis, Kingcraft, Melton, Pretender, St. Blaise, St. Gatien and Harvester, Shotover, Sir Bevys, and Voltigeur. Overall, these cards are Excellent in appearance but some are technically lesser due to edge or corner flaws. All are bright and fresh! When our consignor first brought these in to show us, they were in their original mailing envelopes which were very brittle. When he brought them back to actually consign, he had removed them from the mailing envelopes and discarded the envelopes because they were so fragile. It is no wonder these are in such strong condition. They have literally been untouched until recently since they were issued in 1888! The rarity of this set is hinted at by its value in the American Card Catalog. Burdick listed them at $1 each, one of the highest value listings for any card issue in the entire ACC. We don't think we will ever see another collection of N239 Kinney Race Horse premiums to compare with this find. In terms of quality and condition, this is an extraordinarily impressive group of one of nonsport collecting's rarest tobacco-premium issues. Total: 27 premiums. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $8,888