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1888 WG1 Card Game Billy Sunday PSA NM 7

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,350.00

Graded NM 7 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. Magnificent high-grade example from the WG1 Playing Cards set featuring the legendary Billy Sunday. This is an exceptional key card from this rare set issued in 1888. Sunday, who became a world-famous evangelist after his ballplaying days, is one of the great nineteenth-century baseball figures whose fame transcends the sport. Billy Sunday was a star with Anson's Chicago Nationals in 1886 when he met a group of evangelists from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. The evangelists invited Billy to attend services, and soon after he became famous in the baseball community for his strong faith and moral lifestyle in a sport characterized by a culture of drinking, gambling, and hard living. He soon earned the nickname "The Evangelist." Following the 1890 season, Sunday left the game to persue his true calling, earning less than twenty-five percent of the salary he could command on the baseball diamond. He became the most popular evangelist in America, and a great ambassador for the game of baseball. This is an exceptional card on many counts. The WG1 Playing Card set is one of the few nineteenth-century sets printed in color. While this set has not received the attention of many other pre-1900 issues, possibly because it is not a tobacco issue, it is a very rare set, far rarer than many of the most popular issues of the 1880s such as N28 and N29 Allen & Ginter. This is an exceptional example of one of the few cards to feature the legendary Billy Sunday. Near Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,350.00

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