More than 100 pre-war lots included in the Collector Connection’s Non-Sports Auction

The Collector Connection’s auction includes more than 100 listings for pre-war cards

The Collector Connection’s pre-war sports cards auction ended last month and the auction house now makes way for its non-sports offering.

The non-sports auction includes a great deal of post-war (vintage and modern) trading cards and comic books. However, it also includes a large number of pre-war cards for collectors seeking items a bit older. More than 100 pre-war lots are up for grabs with cards dating back to the 19th century and running through the early 1940s.

An intriguing and incredibly rare item is on the pre-war edge — a 1940s poster featuring images used in the 1943 Earl Moran Mutoscope/Pin-up Girls set (part of a series of exhibit cards offered that decade). These images were used on other products, including ink blotters. But posters featuring them are rarely offered for sale. This particular poster advertised a brand of piston rings.

The earliest cards in the auction come from the 19th century at the very start of card collecting. Available cards from the 1800s primarily include a wide range of American tobacco issues that were offered in packages of cigarettes.

One of those is a rarity from the 1887 N228 Buchner Police Inspectors set — a tough series to track down. The cards are often found in low-grade condition but this one for Patrick McLaughlin is a solid SGC 3.

Other 19th century standouts include several lots featuring cards from the 1888 N224 Kinney Tobacco Military set. This wide-ranging series included military figures from different countries and ranks. In all, the auction includes more than 350 of these cards spread out over six lots. Additionally, 19th century trade cards are scattered in the auction.

Collectors will also find a solid selection of early 20th century tobacco cards, too, issued by the American Tobacco Company. Highlights include a complete set of 1901 T76 Sweet Caporal Actresses cards and a complete T53 Cowboy Series set with lots and partial sets of other well-known series’.

Non-sports cards became quite popular overseas in the 1920s and 1930s, and the auction also includes a healthy amount of singles and sets from the UK. These issues have gained traction in recent years with more collectors discovering them through eBay and overseas dealers, meaning they are increasingly being found domestically. Numerous cards are offered (including complete sets) from popular cigarette brands Wills and Player’s.

Later American gum cards from the 1930s and 1940s are spotted here, too. These include a large selection from popular sets, including National Chicle’s 1933-34 Sky Birds set of aviators, Goudey’s 1933 Indian Gum cards, and the abundantly famous 1938 Horrors of War set, among others.

The Horrors of War offering is particularly strong with a complete first series, other lots, and key singles with about 300 cards available in all. This series remains one of the more popular non-sports sets found in the pre-war era.

Additionally, there is a slew of famous subjects pictured on an assortment of individual tobacco and trade cards, including the likes of American presidents, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, Mozart, Buffalo Bill, Ben Franklin, Beethoven, actors and actresses, and other well-known personalities.

Opening bids in the auction start as low as $1 and there are no reserves on any lot. The auction, which opened on Wednesday, June 1, runs through Sunday, June 19.

Collectors can register to bid here and the entire auction offering can be viewed here.

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