1888 Raphael Tuck & Sons Gigantic Relief No. 1141 Die-Cuts Set and Checklist

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Title Raphael Tuck & Sons Gigantic Relief No. 1141 Die-Cuts
Year 1888
Size Varies
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set
Unknown

1888 Raphael Tuck & Sons Gigantic Relief No. 1141 Die-Cuts Overview

s-l1600.jpgThis die-cut issue features a total black athletes representing a variety of sports. The most prominent one in the set seems to be a card representing football. It is believed to have been printed in 1888 or around 1888. Produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons, the company created other sets, including a baseball issue in 1888.

The football die-cut shows a boy in casual clothing holding a football. This could be viewed as a rugby card but as it was printed after the creation of modern football rules, it is usually classified as a football card.

The cards were originally printed attached to each other, similar to other die-cut issues. A tab is attached to one of the athletes that indicates it is part of the Gigantic Relief No. 1141 set. The number is important as Raphael Tuck & Sons produced numerous other Gigantic Relief issues and the numbers help collectors differentiate them.

In addition to this set, a football/rugby-exclusive set was also produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons.

1888 Raphael Tuck & Sons Gigantic Relief No. 1141 Die-Cuts Checklist

I have not yet seen a confirmed complete set for this issue yet. Cards seen are listed below.

  1. Boxing
  2. Cricket
  3. Football
  4. Golf
  5. Tennis

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