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1888 N321 S. F. Hess California League - McCord
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $6,518
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. This is the ONLY example ever graded by SGC! Extremely rare sample card of Tom McCord from the N321 S. F. Hess California League series. Featuring full-color drawings on front, the forty-card N321 series depicts minor leaguers from the California League and is one of the few color issues of the nineteenth century. The player name and position is printed along the top border, with California League arced over the player image and advertising for S. F. Hess & Co's. Creole Cigarettes along the bottom border. This card is new to the modern collecting world. It is one of the highlights from a mostly 1910-era original-owner card collection that included just a few nineteenth-century cards. The offered card is clean and crisp, free of any heavy creases, even rounding to the corners (with a small chip in the top right), and slight wear to the surface. The blank reverse is entirely clean with a pronounced wet-sheet transfer visible. SGC has only graded eighty-five cards from the N321 series, and as noted, the offered card is the first example of McCord. While we cannot be sure, McCord may be a particularly hard-to-find card within this set as our research has not turned up another example (a near-complete set sold at public auction in 2008 only contained a paper-stock McCord, thought to be cut from an advertising sheet). This is a technically modest-in-grade but still very attractive example of one of nineteenth-century baseball card collecting's most elusive sample cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $6,518
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