Circa 1888 N4 Allen & Ginter "Birds of America" Complete Set (50)

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2386

Item Year: 1888

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Presented is a complete set of N4 Allen & Ginter "Birds of America," composed of fifty cards. Issued with Allen & Ginter's Cigarettes, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a bird found within the United States. This is an attractive medium-to lower-grade set, with bright colors and crisp images. Approximately one-third of the set displays technical flaws on the reverse, common to nineteenth-century cards, including spots of paper loss, album residue, and writing, which would cause them to grade modestly by professional grading standards. Condition is 24% Vg-Ex (including a couple higher), 18% Vg, 20% Gd, and 38% lesser (including one card that has separated). This is a bright and overall very clean complete set of this popular nineteenth-century nonsport issue. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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