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Lot # 29 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Harry Lyons

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133

Graded VG 3 by PSA. Kalamazoo Bats card of Philadelphia Quakers outfielder Harry Lyons (erroneously identified in hobby checklists for decades as Denny Lyons of the Athletics) in a batting pose. This is an ideal example with outstanding contrast and detail, showcasing the Philadelphia ballpark's grandstands in the background, which is one of the trademark characteristics of Kalamazoo Bats. This is a magnificent card which we believe is conservatively graded by PSA. It is bright and clean on front, with light hints of wear on the corners, and near-perfect centering. Free of any creases or wrinkles. The blank back displays some scattered soiling but is free of any paper loss or back damage which so often affects nineteenth-century cards. This example is entirely new to the hobby and was purchased by our consignor at a small estate sale where the card was discovered in the drawer of an old kitchen! (So if your house is old, please, check your kitchen drawers!) This is a very strong example from one of the nineteenth century's most fascinating and highly prized sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,133

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