Among the more dignified trade card issues, the HD2a U.S. Presidents series is a stately collection comprised of Chief Executives who held office during the first hundred years of the position’s existence. Offered is a complete 1881 HD2a Presidents set of (20), with all presidents from George Washington through James Garfield, who died just six months after taking office in 1881. Sized at 2-5/8 x 4-1/2", these cards are formatted with portrait images, and headers printed with names, birth dates, and term of office dates. The upper right quadrant hosts blank framed areas, which were intended for the addition of merchant advertising.
All (20) cards in this set are unused. With the single exception of the George Washington card, which shows VG+ details, this set shows EX to NM details, with deference to light traces of adhesive residue along the perimeter of the card backs. The Washington card bears a photographer's credit stamp on the back, and the balance of cards have blank backs.
The complete list of included cards is: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James Garfield.