1889 N220 Kinney "Harlequin Cards” (Series 2) Complete Set Minus One (52/53)

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1604

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Near-complete set of fifty-two 1889 N220 Kinney "Harlequin Cards” (Series 2) cards. Missing just one card (the ten of spades) for completion. Extremely attractive set of these very rare and colorful nonsport tobacco cards, with condition ranging from Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few slightly lesser). Issued with Kinney's Cigarettes, the set is entitled "Harlequin Cards.” Each card features a colorful and amusing comic-inspired drawing, with a brief title, that is uniquely designed as a playing card. The back of each card features a checklist for the set. This is an extremely attractive set. It is also a particularly rare nineteenth-century tobacco issue, almost never seen or offered as a set. In fact, this is the first set (minus one card) that we can ever recall offering. Kinney's "Harlequin Cards” are one of the more unusual and rarely seen issues of the era, and were a favorite of the old-time collector who provided us with this set (as well as the other nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco sets offered in this auction). Total 52 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $823

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