1887 N42 Allen & Ginter Large-Size "Song Birds of The World" Complete Set (50)

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2382

Item Year: 1887

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Complete set of fifty N42 Allen & Ginter large-format "Song Birds of The World" cards. Issued with Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a bird from all different areas of the world. The birds are checklisted on the back of the cards. They feature the same subjects and designs as the smaller N23 Allen & Ginters, but in a larger format (2.75 x 3.25 inches), and with background artwork added to each card's design. The condition is: six Nr/Mt, ten Ex-Mt, thirteen Ex, seven Vg-Ex, four Gd to Vg, and ten lesser. This is an extremely attractive set, with fascinating subject matter, and with outstanding eye-appeal. This set is from the collection of a very advanced longtime nonsport collector. Allen & Ginter's N42 "Song Birds of The World" are rarely offered as a complete set (in fact this is the first complete set we have ever sold in the last thirteen years), and are highly desirable by nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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