Complete set of twenty-five 1889 N226 Kinney Bros. "Naval Vessels of the World" cards. A very attractive set of these scarce and colorful tobacco cards, bright and clean, with a uniform overall Excellent appearance. Technically the condition ranges from Ex to Ex-Mt, with the exception of just four cards slightly lesser. Issued with Kinney's tobacco, each card features a magnificent full-color illustration of navy ships from one of the six different countries represented. The ships (grouped by country) are checklisted on the back of the cards. Cards issued by Kinney Bros. tend to be far rarer than those issued by some of the larger tobacco companies of the era such as Allen & Ginter. Rarely offered as a complete set (in fact this the first complete set we have ever offered in the last thirteen years), this issue is highly prized by nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 25 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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