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    1888 N79 Duke's "History of Poor Boys" Near Set (47/50) - #1 on the SGC Set Registry. This would have been a great looking series even if they were simply cards. Instead Duke's knew that the real interest behind these 50 people is their story so they dedicated a 16-page booklet to each. The bios are not about athletic achievement but about how they started with nothing and elevated themselves from their humble beginnings to become wealthy and famous. In the case of Vanderbilt and Carnegie, incredibly wealthy. A fascinating set and one rarely offered close to complete. Missing Barnum, Kilrain and Twain for completion. Includes: Graded - SGC 50 VG-EX 4: 1 book, Pres. Harrison; SGC 40 VG 3: 9 books, Alger, Astor, Sarah Bernhardt, Billings, Childs, Huxley, Ingersoll, Modjeska, Parnell, Tommaso, Salvin, Stanford, Talmage, Wanamaker and Whittier; SGC 30 GD 2: 10 books, Carnegie, Ericsson, Field, Gladstone, Irving, Materna, Meissonier, Peabody, Stanley and Tennyson; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 15 cards, Anderson, Blaine, Cornell, Depew, Eads, Thomas Edison, Gerster, Gould, Hoffman, Longfellow, Nilsson, Ole Bull, Patti, Edgar Allen Poe and Cornelius Vanderbilt; SGC 10 PR 1: 6 books, Buffalo Bill (Cody), Edwin Booth, Claflin, Jefferson, Morton and John L. Sullivan; SGC Authentic: 1 book, Millais.

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