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A Guide To Collecting Allen & Ginter 19th Century Tobacco Cards

Allen & Ginter tobacco cards from the 19th century are among the most collected and valued cards of the era. Build your knowledge of every set produced by the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Company. Checklists, images, pricing and variant details are all included. Build you knowledge, value your collection, and enjoy this guide.

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Allen & Ginter Cigarette Making Girls Checklist (ACC# N46)

The checklist for the Cigarette Making Girls set (N46) is fairly sparse. The cards picture women making cigarettes and are sepia toned. There are two main variations in this set, on the table pictured on each card is either the text “Cigarette Making” or the text “The Cigarette Maker”.

The cards are blank-backed and have the text “Virginia Brights” at the bottom.

The cards are numbered but not all numbers have been found so the complete set size is unknown. A logical guess would be 50 cards like many of A&G’s other sets and the fact that a number 49 has been found. A total of 25 different cards have been reported. All the reported numbers with text are detailed below.

Below is a cabinet card which is similar to the images on the N46 cards (of which I haven’t been able to find any pictures…)

Cigarette Making Girls (Total # Unknown)

“Cigarette Making” Numbers Found
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 39, 42, 43, 47, 49

“The Cigarette Maker” Numbers Found
29, 32, 33, 38, 40

UPDATE: Many thanks to a collector who let me know he had graded copies of #’s 1 and 4 in the “Cigarette Making” series. To my knowledge, the #1 card is not widely known of so this is a great find. Even better he submitted the images below for use here!

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Allen & Ginter Views Checklist (ACC# N53)

The Allen & Ginter Views set (ACC# N53) is an extremely rare set, with little information available.

The set shows pictures of U.S. Monuments and only 3 cards have been identified to date. The cards can be found with and without the company name. They are unnumbered and were found in packs of Virginia Brights Cigarettes.

I haven’t been able to track down any images for this set yet, will update this post when I do.

Views (3)

  1. Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty – 2 variations, height of stature either 3/4 or 1 inch tall
  2. Bunker Hill Monument, Boston
  3. War and State Department, Washington
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Allen & Ginter Actors and Actresses (ACC# N45)

The Allen & Ginter Actors and Actresses set (ACC# N45) is a very large, highly varied set. This is a photographic, sepia-toned set, numbering over 2,000 known cards. Because of the size of the set I’m not including a checklist (maybe a future project), but here is some of the general information and a few representative images.

The cards come in different sizes with different brands and formats. Some are numbered and many have the Actor’s name on the front, but some do not. The most common brands are Virginia Brights and Dixie Cigarettes, other brands include Our Little Beauties and Opera Puffs. Most of the cards have blank backs.

Other companies (Lone Jack and Marshak & Deutch) also issued some of these same subjects.

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Allen & Ginter Dogs Checklist (ACC# N47)

Here’s the checklist for the Allen & Ginter Dogs set (ACC# N47).
This is a photographic, sepia-toned set with a Virginia Brights cigarettes ad appearing at the bottom of each card.

The cards are unnumbered and unnamed. They are also extremely rare. There have been 9 different cards reported to date and additional information regarding this set is scarce to say the least.

Dogs (9)

  1. Poodle
  2. Pug
  3. Dark Setter
  4. Light Labrador
  5. Dark Labrador
  6. Pug
  7. White Pom
  8. Light Daschund
  9. White Dog (sitting on ledge)
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Allen & Ginter Racehorses Checklist (ACC# N52)

Here’s the checklist for the Allen & Ginter Racehorses set (ACC# N52).
This is a photographic, sepia-toned set with a Virginia Brights cigarettes ad appearing at the top of each card.

The cards are not numbered individually. Currently there are 37 known cards, but there may be more as a set size of 37 seems odd. I have not been able to find a decent picture from this set which also points to it being fairly rare. I will update this post when I find one.

Racehorses (37)

  1. Adelaide
  2. Almont
  3. American Girl
  4. American Pilot
  5. Amos C.M. Clay
  6. Belmont
  7. Cobden
  8. Cohanet
  9. Driver
  10. Elsie Good
  11. Eltham Lass
  12. Endfield
  13. Galatea
  14. Gen’l Grant’s Arabian
  15. Gen’l Knox
  16. George Wilkes
  17. Goldsmith’s Maid
  18. Green Mountain Maid
  19. Hannis
  20. Hero of Thorndale
  21. Jay Gould
  22. Jennie V
  23. Kate
  24. King Wilkes
  25. Lady Patriot
  26. Lady Thorn
  27. Leamington
  28. Lexington
  29. Little Phil
  30. Maud S.
  31. Piedmont
  32. Planet
  33. Rysdyk’s Hambletonian
  34. Smuggler
  35. Tennessee Wilkes
  36. Wedgewood
  37. Woodford Membrino
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Allen & Ginter Presidents of the United States Checklist (ACC# N51)

Here’s the checklist for the Allen & Ginter Presidents of the United States set (ACC# N51).
This is a photographic, sepia-toned set that was distributed with Virginia Brights cigarettes. There are two types in the set with the differences being in the size and layout of the Virginia Brights ad at the bottom of the cards.

The cards are not numbered individually, but there is a numbered checklist on the back. The set is thought to have been issued between 1885 and 1889.

Presidents of the United States (22)

  1. George Washington
  2. John Adams
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. James Madison
  5. James Monroe
  6. John Quincy Adams
  7. Andrew Jackson
  8. Martin Van Buren
  9. Wm Henry Harrison
  10. John Tyler
  11. James K. Polk
  12. Zachary Taylor
  13. Millard Fillmore
  14. Franklin Pierce
  15. James Buchanan
  16. Abraham Lincoln
  17. Andrew Johnson
  18. Ulysses S. Grant
  19. Rutherford B. Hayes
  20. James A. Garfield
  21. Chester A. Arthur
  22. Grover Cleveland
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Famous Ships Checklist (ACC# N50)

The Famous Ships set (ACC# N50) is a 48 card series of sepia-toned ships of the era. This set was issued by several manufacturers after the 1890 merger (most likely in 1895), including Allen & Ginter (Virginia Brights), Duke (Honest Long Cut), Kimball (Vanity Fair), Kinney (Sweet Caporal) and some anonymous makers.

There are two back types; one with an ad on the back (45 cards), the others blank backed. There are also three cards with “Virginia Brights Cigarettes” text of the front, the last three listed in the checklist. The cards are unnumbered and appear in the checklist below in alphabetical order by Country.

Famous Ships (48)

  1. Arg. Republic 9 De Julio
  2. Brazil – Aquidaban
  3. Brazil – Republica
  4. Brazil – Tiradentes
  5. France – Arethuse
  6. France – Hussard
  7. France – Jean Bart
  8. Germany – Kaiserin Augusta
  9. Germany – See Adler
  10. Germany – Van Spejik
  11. Great Britain – Australia
  12. Great Britain – Blake
  13. Great Britain – Magicienne
  14. Great Britain – Tartar
  15. Italy – Dogali
  16. Italy – Etna
  17. Italy – Giovani Bausan
  18. Misc – Pinta
  19. Misc – Nina
  20. Misc – Santa Maria
  21. Misc – Defender, 1895
  22. Misc – Valkyrie III, 1895 (Coast visible)
  23. Misc – Valkyrie III, 1895 (no background)
  24. Russia – Dimitri Donskoi
  25. Russia – General Admiral
  26. Russia – Rynda
  27. Spain – Fridano
  28. Spain – Infanta Ysabel
  29. Spain – Nueva Espana
  30. Spain – Reina Regenta
  31. USN – Atlanta
  32. USN – Baltimore
  33. USN – Bancroft
  34. USN – Bennington
  35. USN – Charleston
  36. USN – Chicago
  37. USN – Concord
  38. USN – Cushing
  39. USN – Dolphin
  40. USN – Miantonomoh
  41. USN – Newark
  42. USN – Philadelphia
  43. USN – San Francisco
  44. USN – Vesuvius
  45. USN – Yorktown
  46. The Big Four (Virginia Brights Front)
  47. Mayflower (Virginia Brights Front)
  48. Puritan (Virginia Brights Front)
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Allen & Ginter Grover Cleveland Ad Card

Just saw an awesome advertising card from Allen & Ginter on eBay that I haven’t seen before. It shows Grover Cleveland and has a beautiful silk inset. This particular card has been graded by SGC. I’ll need to do some research on this and I’ll post more info when I find it.

According to the information in the auction, the card was produced in partnership with Stevengraph for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The card is listed for $2,500 BIN and ends today.

check out the auction

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Allen & Ginter World’s Sovereigns Checklist (ACC# N34)

Here’s the checklist for the Allen & Ginter World’s Sovereigns set (ACC# N34). This set was issued around 1889 and is one of the most ornate Allen & Ginter designs. These cards are not numbered. There’s 50 cards total in this set.

World’s Sovereigns (50)

  1. President of the Argentine Republic
  2. Emperor of Austria
  3. Empress of Austria
  4. King of Bavaria
  5. King of Belgium
  6. Queen of Belgium
  7. Emperor of Brazil
  8. Empress of Brazil
  9. Governor General of Canada
  10. President of Chili
  11. President of Republic of Colombia
  12. President of Costa Rica
  13. King of Denmark
  14. Queen of Denmark
  15. Queen of England
  16. President of France
  17. Emperor of Germany
  18. Empress of Germany
  19. King of Greece
  20. Queen of Greece
  21. King of Holland
  22. Queen of Holland
  23. President of Honduras
  24. Governor General of India
  25. King of Italy
  26. Queen of Italy
  27. Mikado of Japan
  28. Empress of Japan
  29. President of Mexico
  30. King of Montenegro
  31. Sultan of Morocco
  32. Shah of Persia
  33. King of Portugal
  34. Queen of Portugal
  35. King of Roumania
  36. Czar of Russia
  37. Czarina of Russia
  38. King of the Sandwich Islands
  39. King of Saxony
  40. King of Servia
  41. King of Siam
  42. King of Spain
  43. Queen Regent of Spain
  44. King of Sweden
  45. Queen of Sweden
  46. President of Switzerland
  47. Sultan of Turkey
  48. President of the United States
  49. President of Uruguay
  50. President of Venezuela