1888 N2 Allen & Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" Complete SGC-Graded Set (50) and All 4 Error Cards

Sold For: $13,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2380

Item Year: 1888

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Complete set of all fifty 1888 N2 Allen & Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" cards plus all four error cards, for a total of fifty-four cards, entirely graded by SGC (submitted by REA). Issued by the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Company, one card was inserted with each package of Allen & Ginter cigarettes. One of the most popular of all nineteenth-century nonsport issues, this colorful set features many of the most legendary American Indian chiefs. Included are Geronimo, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, and many more. It is fascinating to note that the great Indian chiefs featured were not ancient historical figures when the set came out, but then-current legends, and most (maybe all) were still alive when this set was issued. The cards each measure approximately 1-1/2 x 2-3/4 inches and a checklist for the entire set appears on the reverse. In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the American Tobacco Cards Price Guide checklist.

SGC Grading Composite: MINT 96 (1 card): #25 Iron Bull. NM/MT+ 92 (2 cards): #23 and 45. NM/MT 88 (9 cards): #9, 10, 13, 16 Chief Joseph, 17, 22, 27, 30, and 36. NM+ 86 (8 cards): #8, 14, 15 Chief Gall/error - Agate Arrow Point, 19, 21, 29, 38, and 44. NM 84 (17 cards): #5, 6, 7, 11, 15 Chief Gall/correct, 20 Geronimo, 24, 26, 28, 31, 32, 35, 37 Red Cloud, 42, 43, 46, and 49. EX/NM+ 82 (1 card): #50. EX/NM 80 (4 cards): #2, 12 British/error - Chief Gall, 33, and 41 Sitting Bull. EX+ 70 (1 card): #34. EX 60 (4 cards): #1 Agate Arrow Point/error - White Swan, 4, 39, and 40. VG/EX 50 (2 cards): #1 Agate Arrow Point/correct and 47. VG 40 (1 card): #48 White Swan/correct. GOOD+ 35 (2 cards): #3 and 12 British/correct. FAIR 20 (1 card): #18. POOR 10 (1 card): #48 White Swan/error-British.

This is one of the premier sets featuring Indians, which has always been a popular area of collecting. Complete sets of this issue are hard to find. In fact, this is only the fifth complete set we have ever offered in the last thirteen years! It is, we should note, also the finest of those five sets, with 87% of the set grading Excellent or better. All cards are bright and crisp, with the few modestly graded cards downgraded solely due to minor technical flaws, mostly on the reverse. This set is from the collection of a very advanced longtime nonsport collector. This is an exceptional, high-quality complete set of this classic issue that would be a highlight in any advanced nonsport-card collection! Total: 50 cards.
Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.

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