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1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Peck & Snyder Trade Card

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,960.00

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Peck & Snyder trade card, one of card collecting's most legendary rarities, with mount trimmed from its original dimensions of 3.25 x 4.5 inches to its current dimensions of 2.75 x 4 inches. This is one of collecting's most classic and historically significant baseball cards. The Peck & Snyder trade card is universally recognized as the most desirable of the several card styles featuring this image of the 1869 Reds, both because the players are identified on the front of the card, and because this style features advertising for Peck & Snyder's "Base Ball and Sportsman's Emporium" ("126 Nassau Street, New York") on the reverse. Peck & Snyder was a leading retailer of baseball supplies at that time. The Cincinnati Reds were the very first professional baseball team. Led by Harry and George Wright, they toured the nation and went undefeated for ninety-two consecutive games. In the process, they paved the way for baseball as a professional sport. The team was a legend in its own day, though at the time, of course, no one could have imagined that the game of baseball would soon evolve into The National Pastime that we know today. The photo quality of 1869 Reds team cards is often very poor, and many times the contrast does not even allow for the reading of the "C" logos on players' shirts. The photo contrast on this example is outstanding. The actual mounted photograph is in Nr/Mt-Mt condition, with the only flaw being a tiny clipped corner in the upper left resulting from the trimming to the mount. The mount is trimmed on three sides, and retains the player and team identifications on the larger lower border. The card must have been stored in an ideal manner as, aside from being trimmed, it is otherwise in remarkably high-grade. The card is bright and clean, with no fading whatsoever to the red type on the mount, or the red printing on the reverse. The red ink used on these cards can fade very easily when exposed at length to sunlight. The reds on this card are unimprovable, as bright and vibrant as the day the card was printed. There is a small, very light crease in the lower right corner of the mount. The Peck & Snyder trade card was also issued with black printing, as opposed to red printing, on the mount. Most collectors consider the red print variety the far more striking and desirable. We know that collectors tend to be very sensitive to all issues relating to trimming, but this was a relatively common practice with trade cards in the 1860s. As is, this card is slightly larger than the CDVs featuring this same image. This card represents a rare, very interesting, and possibly unique opportunity to acquire a trimmed but otherwise extraordinarily high-quality example of one of card collecting's most important cards, at a relatively modest level compared to what an untrimmed specimen would sell for if available. Without reference to trimming, the trade card is in Ex-Mt condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00

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