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1880s to 1894 SGC-Graded Trade-Card Collection (9) Including Baseball-Themed N136
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,777.50
Collection of nine different cards from six different nineteenth-century tobacco issues highlighted by four baseball-themed examples. The cards in this collection were produced in the latter part of the nineteenth century by several notable manufacturers, including Duke, Kimball, and Buchner, and feature lithography on front along with brand advertising on the reverse. All nine cards are graded and encapsulated by SGC (submitted by REA). 1) 1889 N136 Honest Long Cut "Terrors of America" (4 cards): "Oh! If I ketch that rabbit." (VG 40), "Out on first! How's that Umpire?" (EX 60), The Boss Short-Stop (FAIR 20), and "Watch him kick it." (GOOD 30). 2) 1889 N196 W.S. Kimball "Pretty Athletes" (1 card): Lawn Tennis (VG/EX+ 55). 3) 1889 N285 Buchner "Morning Glory Maidens" (1 card): Baseball (VG 40). 4) 1894 N360 Ideal Cut Plug "Baseball Scenes" (1 card): Fielding, Hands on Knees (FAIR 20). 5) 1880s N361 Little Rhody Cut Plug "Sea Shore Scenes" (1 card): Anonymous (EX 60). 6) 1888 N557 Little Rhody Cut Plug "National Sports" (1 card): England (FAIR 20). As is often the case with nineteenth-century cards, six cards have been downgraded to VG or lesser due to minor residue on the reverse from long ago having been mounted in an album and later removed. Each card is extremely attractive, with bold colors and bright white borders and presents at a far superior level than its technically accurate assigned grade. This is an outstanding small group of these very attractive sample cards which are highly prized by nineteenth-century sport and nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 9 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $1,777.50
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