Complete set of fifty-one 1888 N126 Duke "Rulers, Flags, Arms of All Nations" cards. Very attractive set of these very rare and extremely condition-sensitive triple-folder design tobacco cards (similar to the T202 Hassan baseball series). All cards present with bold colors and the fronts display from Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few higher and a few lower), due to light wear at the corners and along the folds. Approximately two-thirds of the cards would technically grade lower due to flaws on the backs, primarily glue residue. A side panel has detached from the Leopold II card. Each card (2.75 x 4.75 inches) features a portrait image of a country's ruler in the center and a coat of arms and flag on the end panels. This is an extremely attractive set with outstanding eye-appeal. Duke's "Rulers, Flags, Arms of All Nations" are rarely offered as a complete set, and are highly prized by historical collectors and nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 51 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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