Legendary June 2009
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In the 19th Century, The W. Duke, Sons & Co. produced some the most colorful and handsome cards ever made. Most of the company's issues were of a non-sports nature such as the “Terrors of America” set. Designated N88, the 1889/1890 set is complete at 50 cards, which show a variety of street urchins as they experience the vicissitudes of life. Several of the cards have baseball themes, with one card of a youngster showing off his new bat and titled “Ain't she a beauty”. The artistic qualities of this Duke issue are readily discerned on this very attractive production. Highlights include: Football (GD, pencil), "Out on First! How's That Umpire?" (VG), The Boss Short-Stop (trimmed), The Catcher (VG), The Pitcher (VG/EX) and The Umpire (GD, pencil). Grades 52% VG to VG/EX, 48% PR to GD including a couple miscut and a few trimmed. Many cards present nicer than the grades given although technically grade lesser due to back damage.
1889 N88 Duke "Terrors of America" Complete Set (50)
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