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1889 M-UNC Police Gazette Cabinet John Tener

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,644

Graded EX 60 by SGC. Rare high-grade Police Gazette cabinet card of extremely noteworthy baseball figure John Tener. This is an exceptionally impressive looking example of this extremely substantial nineteenth-century rarity. Perfectly clean both front and back, with virtually no wear, even on the edges and corners, and flawless photo contrast. The blank-back reverse is also perfectly clean. John Tener was extremely prominent both on and off the field. The first ex-player to become a president of a Major League, Tener pitched for Cap Anson's Chicago White Stockings. After his baseball career, Tener entered banking and politics, and was elected to Congress in 1908. In 1911 he was elected governor of Pennsylvania, and in 1914 he was asked to become president of the National League. He accepted and served as NL president until 1918, when he resigned over a dispute with the American League over the contract of a player. Police Gazette cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors as among the rarest and most desirable of all pre-1900 issues. This is a very extraordinary high-grade example of this substantial card, featuring an extremely significant subject, from one of card collecting’s most desirable and rare nineteenth-century issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644

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