Lot # 70: 1887 N284 Buchner Gold Coin Tobacco Collection (22) Including Buck Ewing and Mike Kelly

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Substantial collection of twenty-two N284 Buchner Gold Coin cards, highlighted by Hall of Famers Buck Ewing and Mike "King" Kelly. These cards are part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. The collection consists of the following: Two Barkley (2/98 L/R, otherwise Ex and skinned, otherwise Pr), Cahill (2/98 T/B, otherwise Vg+), Caruthers (rebacked, otherwise Gd), Casey (hand cut, otherwise Gd), Clements (100/0 T/B, otherwise Fr), Cushmann (back skinned off, otherwise Vg), Deasley (Pr-Fr), Denny (Fr), Donohue (skinned, otherwise Fr), Ewing (HOF, back skinned off and trimmed to the picture), Farrell (pencil on reverse, otherwise Ex), Forster (trimmed, otherwise Pr-Fr), Gillespie (Vg), Hart (Pr), Johnston (Ex-Mt), Kelly (HOF, Pr-Fr), Latham (Vg), Meyers (Fr), Smith (rebacked, otherwise Gd), Sutton (toning on reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt), and Welch (Fr). Buchners are unusual in that they feature generic illustrations of the ballplayers rather than the actual likeness of the identified player. This is a very presentable collection of twenty-two cards from the N284 Buchner Tobacco set, one of the few full-color baseball-card sets of the nineteenth century, and one of the most artistically interesting, distinctive, and classic baseball-card sets of the 1880s. Total: 22 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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