1885 N258 Lorillard "Beauties" Playing Cards Complete Set Minus 1 (51/52)

Sold For: $948

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1531

Item Year: 1888

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Near-complete set of fifty-one cards (missing only the eight of diamonds for completion) of the N258 P. Lorillard "Beauties" playing cards. Condition ranges from Gd to Vg-Ex (includes a few cards slightly lesser, but all still very attractive cards). This exceptionally colorful set was issued with Lorillard's 5 Cent Ante and Snuff tobacco brands. (The cards in this set are all the "5 Cent Ante" brand.) Each card is designed as a playing card (clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades) and features a colorful, graphically detailed lithographic image of an unnamed "beauty" dressed in fancy Victorian attire. Lorillard's "Beauties" is rarely seen or offered as a complete set (minus one). Total: 51 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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