1888 N352 Consolidated Cigarette / Paxi Cigarettes set an Extreme Rarity

‘It’s In The Details’

Title N352 Consolidated Cigarette / Paxi Cigarettes
Year 1888
Size 2″ x 3 1/4″
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set
100

N352 Consolidated Cigarette / Paxi Cigarettes Overview

N352 Consolidated Cigarette Baseball Player.jpg

The 1888 N352 Consolidated Cigarette set is one of the rarer baseball cards in the industry. 100 subjects (baseball and non-baseball) are mentioned on the back so it might seem like a plentiful issue. However, only a few different cards have been discovered to date.

Part of the reason that few may exist is that they are crude in nature. Die-cut issues from the R&S set have been attached to what appeared to be blank fronts. An advertisement (printed in blue ink against a cream colored background) for the Consolidated Cigarette Company along with their New York address exists on the backs.

The cut images on the fronts are believed to be scraps from sheets of illustrations from Raphael Tuck.

As stated on the backs, these “Fine colored relief cards” were packaged with Paxi brand cigarettes. 100 subjects are advertised from various sports and backgrounds. Sports issues include baseball, tennis, and football players with jockeys, fencers, and others. However, barring a large find in the future, it is unlikely that a complete checklist for this rare set will ever be confirmed.

N352 Consolidated Cigarette / Paxi Cigarettes Checklist

A full checklist is not known. However, the known baseball cards are listed below:

  1. Boston pitcher
  2. Pittsburgh batter
  3. Pittsburgh pitcher

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