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1889 N87 Duke Shadows Complete Set (50)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $588
Complete set of fifty 1888 N87 Duke "Shadows" cards. Rarely offered set of these very unusual and amusing nineteenth-century tobacco cards which so effectively provide a window into the culture and humor of America in the 1880s. Technically the condition ranges from Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), with fifteen cards slightly lesser, but as is so often the case with cards from this era, they have an appearance far superior to their technical grades. Issued with Duke's Cigarettes, each card illustrates a head shot with title of an individual in the foreground, casting a shadow of a different animal in the background, designed to provide a humorous effect (reminiscent of similar visual gags that appeared in Mad magazine many decades later). The back of each card features a checklist of the set. This is an extremely unusual and very rarely offered complete set. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $588
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