The Forbidden City 1901 Los Angeles Antique - Valuation?

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The Forbidden City 1901 Los Angeles Antique - Valuation?

Unread postby vexlit » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 am  

Hi there,
Recently I found these 1901 playing cards (photos attached) with the writing "the forbidden city pekin & chinese views souvenir playing cards copyright 1901 by grimes-stassforth stationary co, los angeles, cal".
As it is there are all 52 cards but no joker, leaflets or information cards.

After researching I found these two links: (sold for $588.88 but with joker and information card) (unhelpful in terms of valuation but interesting for information)

I'd really appreciate it if someone could give me advice on firstly the valuation of this deck but also where I might be able to sell it (or should I keep it and wait until the value increases?)
Thanks in advance for any help you can give!
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Re: The Forbidden City 1901 Los Angeles Antique - Valuation?

Unread postby ecNate » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:18 pm  

I can tell you the $500+ price for a COMPLETE deck in excellent condition matches the price guide I have. However, a deck in poorer condition and especially one missing a main card (including joker) will reduce that price by more than half. Thus if you can manage to find a matching joker to complete the deck it may very well be worth it. Of course a deck only has that value if you can find a buyer. My guess is what you have is probably in the $50-$100 range depending on the buyer, primarily because of the torn/taped tuck and missing joker (missing information card lesser impact). You may be able to sell for up to $200 as is, but again finding the buyer is the tricky part especially for this condition with missing cards.
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