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1880s N245 Kinney "Actors and Actresses" Collection (209 cards)
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $474.00
Collection of 209 cards from the N245 Kinney series. These cards feature photographs of actresses in a variety of poses and are very similar in design to N172 Old Judge baseball cards. The name of the actress appears on the front, with advertising on reverse reading "Absolutely Pure - The Old Reliable/Sweet Caporal Cigarette/Has Stood the Test of Time/More Sold Than/All Other Brands/Combined." This is a very attractive collection with 72% presenting Vg to Ex from the front with 28% lesser. As is usually the case with nineteenth-century cards, 65% of the cards have flaws visible on the reverse, including glue residue, paper loss, and writing and would thus technically grade low despite, in many cases, a much superior appearance. While the N245 set can likely never be considered complete (there are over 3,000 subjects estimated within the set), this is a sizable sampling of very presentable cards from this classic nineteenth-century tobacco issue. Total: 209 cards. Reserve $100. Estimate $200+. SOLD FOR $474.00
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