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Lot # 132 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1889 N338-1 S. F. Hess California Levy

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $17,400.00

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, the only N338-1 S. F. Hess example of any player at that level, with none graded higher. Among the short list of virtually impossible to obtain sample cards, the sepia N338-1 S. F. Hess California League cards have always been at or close to the top. Offered is a simply amazing example, of Levy (batting), Haverlys. Outfielder Reuben ("Rube") Levy is of special significance as he is one of the earliest of all Jewish professional ballplayers, and one of the very few to have played during the nineteenth century. He joined the Haverly Baseball Club of San Francisco in 1883 at the age of nineteen, and was a fan favorite throughout his career. He was voted "The Most Popular Player" in the California League in 1890. Levy went on to umpire in the California League after his playing days. This card exhibits superb photo quality, with extraordinary detail, and featuring the grandstands in the background. Very clean both front and back, only an age mark on the right border keeps PSA from grading this exceptional example Near Mint. The last sample from this rare set we offered was an overall Excellent example of Gagur of the Haverlys, which appeared as Lot #31 in our May 2004 auction and sold for $9,775. A very rare opportunity to acquire perhaps the most noteworthy player in the S. F. Hess California League series, and one of nineteenth-century baseball card collecting's most elusive and prize sample cards in an extraordinarily high grade. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $17,400.00

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