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Rare and original, Complete Set of 49, ca1910, Hassan Cigarette / Tobacco Cards from the T53 Cowboy Series of highly collectible Tobacco Cards . This set of American Cigarette Cards is titled "The Cowboy Series" and a single Card was included in each pack of Hassam Cigarettes manufactured by the American Tobacco Company.

     Each Card measures approx. 3 1/4" by 2 1/2" and is printed on heavy card stock in beautiful and brilliant color lithography. The back of each card features a text description of the scene depicted along with advertising text for Hassan Cigarettes. This outstanding Set of early 20th century Cigarette Cards contains 49 cards which feature scenes from the life of the American Cowboy as he had come to be perceived by the American Public in the early 20th century. There is no doubt that the Images are a combination of real life and folklore as by 1910 the "life of a Cowboy" had become mythologized through literature and theater.

     The Set includes a rather strange number of 49 Cards - a 50th Card has been found in a 40 Card, trade issue set using the same artwork as these Hassan Tobacco Cards but distributed by the Weber Baking Company of Irvington, New Jersey. That Set was titled "The Cowboy, His Life and Fun" and is designated by the American card catalog as D25. The "50th" Card, which was never issued by Hassan, was titled "An Exciting Game". It is speculated that the Card, which depicts a Cowboy using a gun after a game of cards, was determined to be unsuitable by the American Tobacco Company and was not included in the T53 Set.

     These wonderful Tobacco Cards come direct from a small estate lot of cigarette cards that we recently acquired. The cards have never been graded and we are not experts in card grading but have tried to supply good quality scans (see below) and will try and describe the cards as best we can.

     The Individual Cards in this Complete Set of 49, T53 Cigarette Cards which is offered here are in various conditions - we were told that "as a set, these would grade an aggregate VG. 31 of the 49 Cards have no damage or creases and are generally well preserved. 8 have small corner creases and / or some edge wear. 9 have more significant size and severe creases and/ or more significant soiling or wear and one card has a chip at the upper left hand corner.

     We have made no attempt to clean or alter in any way the Cigarette Cards came to us.

     A rare and wonderful, Complete Set of 49, ca1910, Hassan Cigarette Cards from the T53 Cowboy Series of highly collectible Cigarette / Tobacco Cards and a fantastic addition to any collection!!

    Be sure to check out this seller’s other auctions for a number of other Tobacco Tins, Tobacco Cards and Tobacco Card Premium Albums which are also being offered for sale this week on eBay!!

Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at bidders request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.

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