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1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Richardson, NY's

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $49,937.50

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Presented is what we believe to be the only Kalamazoo Bats example known to exist of Danny Richardson. This card is also one of, if not the very finest in terms of condition, New York portrait Kalamazoo Bats card of any player in existence. New York Giants and Mets player Kalamazoo Bats are exceedingly rare. We estimate that fewer than 30 examples are known in the entire collecting world. The New York player Kalamazoos all feature portraits, and are considered by advanced collectors to actually be a set unto themselves, distinct from the rare but far more available Philadelphia Athletics series. The offered example of New York's Danny Richardson is in simply astounding Near Mint to Mint condition (Note: SGC has downgraded this card to EX/NM 80 due to the lightest imperceptible surface scratching on the reverse that can barely be seen under high intensity light with magnification, and for which we do not downgrade, as we grade these cards). In 1987 there was a legendary small find of Kalamazoo Bats cards in Philadelphia that included approximately ten New York players. All of the high-grade New York player Kalamazoo Bats cards known to exist originate from this single find. In addition to the excitement generated by the find due to the incredible rarity of the cards, several cards were never before even known to exist, and all were in virtually Mint condition. The offered card of Danny Richardson is one of the then newly discovered New York Kalamazoo Bats from the legendary find. This card was originally sold in the June 1995 REA auction (as Lot 173) and has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser at that sale. The 1995 REA catalog description notes that this card was carefully chosen by the original consignor (to the 1995 REA sale) as being the absolute finest with reference to condition of all of the cards from the find. We know that the original consignor, a very sophisticated nineteenth-century collector who has long since sold his collection, had the opportunity to carefully examine each card, and did so for the purpose of identifying the finest of the group to purchase from the find. In his day he was perhaps the most condition-sensitive advanced vintage-card collector of his era, and we would be hard pressed to question his choice of Richardson as the absolute finest of the group. This card has not seen the light of day since its purchase in 1995, and, frankly, it looks as if it has not seen the light of day since 1887. This is a miracle card, both in terms of rarity and condition. Bright, crisp, perfectly centered, perfectly clean, both front and back, with four razor-sharp corners, and flawless contrast. We're really not sure how it could be any better. Essentially unimprovable. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $49,937.50

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