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1887 N288 Buchner Gold Coin "Police Inspectors & Captains and Chiefs of the Fire Dept." Collection (61)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $29,625.00
The 1887 N288 Buchner Policemen cards are among the rarest, most beautifully designed, and interesting of all nineteenth-century tobacco issues. This Buchner Tobacco series, officially titled "One of The Finest," features (as noted on the back of each card) "The Portraits of the Police Inspectors & Captains and Chiefs of the Fire Departments In Uniform." This collection includes sixty-one different cards, which is a remarkably large group for this rare issue. We have selected eight cards to be graded by SGC: three EX+ 70, four EX 60, and one VG/EX+ 55. The balance of the collection grades as follows: 37% Vg-Ex to Ex, 33% evenly distributed Gd to Vg, and 30% Fr with some lesser including one trimmed. The majority of the cards in this collection appear Vg-Ex on the front but have been downgraded due to minor paper loss or writing on the reverse, traits common to many nineteenth-century issues. Large groups of these cards very rarely surface, and this is one of the largest collections of these significant and rare nineteenth-century nonsport cards we have ever seen offered. The companion set to this issue is the even rarer Buchner Tobacco "Criminals" set (featuring criminals of the era along with their biographies). Together these sets are known as the "Defenders and Offenders" issues. This is a tremendous (and virtually unheard of!) opportunity to acquire nearly two-thirds of a complete set of N288 Buchner Gold Coin "Police Inspectors & Captains and Chiefs", one of nineteenth-century card collecting's premier issues. Total: 61 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $29,625.00
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