Presented is a tremendous collection of 360 different cards (out of the 622 different known subjects in a complete set) from the 1888 N224 Kinney Military tobacco series. The Kinney Military series is considered in many ways to be the nonsport-card equivalent in significance and intrigue to the N172 Old Judge or T206 baseball-card sets for their eras. It is a huge set consisting of 622 different cards. It is of great significance as one of the most ambitious and popular card issues of the day, and with many intricacies with reference to rarities, including virtually impossible-to-find cards. A complete set is literally unheard of, and to the best of our knowledge no one has ever completed a set of N224s. The most complete collection that we know to exist is that of the legendary Sir Edgar Wharton-Tiger. His collection of 621 different (of 622 different cards known) is permanently housed in the British Museum. The one card he is missing, "Hussar of France," is an extreme rarity. Issued with Kinney's tobacco, these cards feature magnificent full-color illustrations of men dressed in military uniforms of various nations from a variety of time periods. Approximately half the set features American military uniforms and approximately half the set features foreign military uniforms from around the world. Condition:
18% Gd to Vg and 82% Pr to Fr (including seven hand cut blank backs and approximately thirty trimmed). As is commonly the case with nineteenth-century cards, many of the lesser-graded cards are downgraded strictly due to flaws on the reverse although they present Vg to Ex overall. While this is especially common, and tolerated, among nineteenth-century cards, if professionally graded, these cards would grade modestly despite their far superior appearance. This is one of the largest collections we have seen of these classic nineteenth-century tobacco cards, and represents a remarkable and outstanding foundation for carrying on the challenging (virtually impossible!) quest for completion of the N224 Kinney Military set. Total: 360 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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