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1887 N690 and N693 Kalamazoo Bats Collection Including A's Team Card (5)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,406

Newly discovered collection of five extremely rare 1887 N690 and N693 Kalamazoo Bats cards, each of which long ago was removed from its cardboard backing and mounted onto a scrapbook page. The group consists of the following: 1) Athletic Club team card (this team is highlighted by Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson and Harry Stovey, a major star of the day who many believe deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, both of whom are standing in the back row center), 2) Milligan and Larkin "tagging player" (particularly rare card in the set; currently only one other example known, sold at REA in 2008), 3) Mason, 4) Mathews, and 5) Stowe. This is an impressive group of these rare cards. The cards were preserved in an old scrapbook containing various cards of the era. The one page with the Kalamazoo Bats cards has been removed, and these five cards are presented still neatly mounted (four on one side, and one on the opposite side) onto the large removed scrapbook page (10.25 x 13.25 inches). In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, before the days of television, it was a very popular pastime for collectors to assemble albums in this fashion for display and enjoyment. While condition is always of utmost importance with regard to value, and these are low-grade examples, the cards are clean, and the images are unaffected by the condition problems, which include some edge chipping and possibly a slight trim (although the unusual cut on a couple of cards suggests that this may be the result of being cut from a sheet - perhaps these cards were never mounted on cardboard backings? Of course we will never know, but the unusual cut suggests this possibility). These Kalamazoo Bats were just recently discovered (along with other nonsports cards from the same era) by a noncollector who in her travels just happened to come across the album containing these cards in a trunk purchased at a yard sale in Plymouth, Mass. This group represents a very rare, possibly unique opportunity to obtain extremely attractive low-grade examples of these significant nineteenth-century rarities for a small fraction of what these cards would sell for in an undamaged state. The cards display beautifully as is, but of course could be removed from the scrapbook page by a professional conservator if desired. Total: 5 cards, presented on two sides of a scrapbook leaf. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,406

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