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Lot # 90 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 Kalamazoo Bats Philadelphia BBC Team Card with Harry Wright

Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $15,080.00

Unbelievably crisp, gem 1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bat team card of the Philadelphia Nationals, featuring the "Grand Old Man" of the game, the legendary Harry Wright, surrounded by twelve players. Over the years, we have found the Phillies team to be one of the rarest of the six Kalamazoo Bats team cards. With reference to Kalamazoo Bats as an issue, it is also arguably the most significant of all the teams in the set, as Phillies players provide the foundation of the individual player N690 Kalamazoo Bats set; and of the Philadelphia individual player Kalamazoo Bats cards, Harry Wright is the key Hall of Famer. This is a simply amazing card in all respects. It would be hard to imagine a Kalamazoo Bats team card, or individual player card, with an image superior to that featured on this stunning example. The photo is almost impossibly bold, with a flawless contrast of a quality that is simply not found on the individual Philadelphia player cards, and is only occasionally found on the team cards. The detail in the photograph is phenomenal. Without a loop we can literally see every button, shoelaces, even the architectural detail on the legs of the chairs on which the players are sitting. The card has a flawless, bright, perfectly clean surface, with strong, square corners exhibiting only the slightest hint of wear under magnification. The reverse is also perfectly clean, with the exception of just a single small age spot. Graded 60 EX by SGC. We grade this card Near Mint. This is an extraordinary nineteenth-century baseball card, and almost certainly, by far, the finest example in existence of this extremely desirable and significant rarity. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $15,080.00

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