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1888 N154 Duke Presidential Baseball Club Card - Levi Morton - Newly Discovered Uncatalogued Pose!

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,303.50

Rare pose of Levi Morton from the nineteenth-century baseball-related nonsport tobacco-card set cataloged as N154. All cards from this series are rare, but throughout our years of handling examples from this set, we have never before seen this particular pose and we don't see this pose listed on checklists we have found. It appears to us that this is a newly discovered pose that has somehow evaded collectors for 125 years. (We are aware of three poses for Morton: bat on shoulder, fielding/hands on knees, and fielding/ready to catch.) Issued by Duke & Sons, the Presidential B.B. Club set is similar in dimensions (4.25 x 2.25 inches), design, and rarity to Kalamazoo Bats, but instead of ballplayers, they feature the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of 1888 with impossibly large photographic heads ("Heads-Up" style) placed on baseball-player bodies, posed in various baseball scenes. This particular card features Levi Morton with a baseball bat held diagonally towards the ground. This fourth confirmed pose for Morton within the set is consistent with the fact that the other three subjects in the set (Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and Allen Granberry Thurman) each also have four or more poses confirmed. A photographic and text checklist available in a 2008 Old Cardboard article by nonsport collector Glenn Mechanick (available here: outlines the then-known poses for each of the four subjects. While collectors will be most interested in the card for its rarity and possible unique nature, it does also present very well, grading Vg-Ex (falling short of Ex due to light age spots on front and a tiny wrinkle visible at the top border). The image displays with perfect contrast and registration. The reverse is clean. This is an exceptional card which would, at any time, be a worthwhile addition to any nonsport or N154 collection, but in this instance, may offer a special opportunity to acquire a newly discovered pose from this scare and desirable nineteenth-century set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,303.50

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