1890 N37 Allen & Ginter Large-Size "Birds of America" Complete Set (50)

Sold For: $2,280

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2390

Item Year: 1890

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Complete set of fifty N37 Allen & Ginter large-format "Birds of America" cards. Issued with Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a bird found within the United States. The birds are checklisted on the back of the cards. They feature the same subjects and designs as the smaller N4 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 two Nr/Mt, seven Ex-Mt, seven Ex, nine Vg-Ex, nine Vg, two Gd, nine Fr, and five Pr. 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 N37 "Birds of America" 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 $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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