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1895 N566 Newsboy Tobacco Cabinet John Ward - Bat at Side

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231

Graded EX 60 by SGC. Rare Newsboy cabinet card, number 587, of Hall of Famer John Ward. Newsboy cabinet cards were issued by the National Tobacco Works of New York City to promote their Newsboy Tobacco brand. Newsboys are extremely rare and one of the very few baseball-card sets issued during the 1890s. There are only fourteen different baseball players currently known in the Newsboy set and most are members of the 1894 New York Giants championship team. John Ward is one of only two Hall of Fame players included in the set (the other is Amos Rusie); however, he is featured on two separate cards, each displaying a different pose. The offered example is the “bat at side” pose. Ward is recognized as one of the most important and influential players of the nineteenth century. In addition to being a star pitcher, and later a standout shortstop for the N.Y. Giants during the 1880s, he was also one of Major League baseball's few true scholars. Ward was a college graduate (Penn State), and he later earned a law degree from Columbia. In 1890, Ward served as the leader of the short-lived renegade Players League. He retired after the 1894 season with 164 wins and a .275 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. The card has a very minor light vertical crease and some light wear to the mount. Two very tiny chips along the right border of the photo are mentioned for the sake of accuracy and appear to be as made. The photo quality is particularly crisp with exceptional clarity. At a glance this card looks Excellent. This is an extremely impressive example of this important nineteenth century rarity, especially for this technically accurate modest SGC grade. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,231

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