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1889 N187 W. S. Kimball "Fancy Bathers" SGC-Graded Complete Set (50)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,115
Complete set of fifty 1889 N187 W. S. Kimball "Fancy Bathers" cards, all graded and encapsulated by SGC. High-grade set of these scarce and colorful tobacco cards, with twenty-seven cards ranging from Vg-Ex to Nr/Mt-Mt, eighteen Vg, and five very slightly lesser. The complete SGC condition composite follows: Four NM/MT 88: Bar Harbor, Cherbourg, Old Point Comfort, and Parame. Five NM 84: Bath, Dieppe, Martha's Vineyard, Rockaway, and Santa Barbara. Four EX/NM 80: Calais, Helgoland, Monterey, and Newport. One EX+ 70: Saint Enegat. Five EX 60: Atlantic City, Coney Island, Saint Clement, Swampscott, and Trouville. Eight VG/EX 50: Cette, Fire Island, Isle of Shoals, Livorno, Nantucket, Sainte Brelade, Sea Girt, and Tregastel. Eighteen VG 40: Boulogne, Brighton, Brighton Beach, Cohasset, Deal Beach, Dinard, Granville, Greve D'Azette, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Nahant, Nantasket Beach, Narragansett Pier, Ostende, Rotheneuf, Saint Briac, Santa Monica, and Torquay. Two GOOD 30: Cape May and Mont Saint Michel. Three FAIR 20: Long Branch, Saint Malo, and Val Andre. This is a magnificent set, with a very consistent high-grade appearance. Even the lowest-graded cards in this set have a far superior appearance to their technically accurate SGC-assigned grades. Issued with Kimball's Cigarettes, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a woman in a bathing suit from one of fifty different beaches represented. These are beautiful cards, and all the more fascinating when one considers that when these were issued in 1889, the images were considered very risqué, though they are very tame by modern standards. The beaches are checklisted on the back of the cards. Cards issued by W. S. Kimball & Co. tend to be far rarer than those issued by some of the larger tobacco companies of the era such as Allen & Ginter. This set is from the collection of an very advanced old-time nonsport collector. This is an extremely attractive and very rarely offered nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card set of exceptional quality and with outstanding eye-appeal. Total 50 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,115
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