Empire Industries 1927
Phillips Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Empire Industries 1927 Empire Industries 1927 25 -
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Empire Industries 1927

Issuer: Phillips Condition: Very Good to Excellent * These are original and NOT reprints Number of cards in set: 25

Price for complete set: Only £35.00

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