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1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Baltimore BBC Team Card

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

1887 Kalamazoo Bats team card of the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association issued by Chas. Gross & Co. All N693 team cards are extremely rare. Only six different teams are known to exist. No new teams have been discovered since the 1960s so the set appears to be complete at six. This newly discovered example was purchased by our consignor for only $9 at an estate auction! While not a baseball-card collector, our consignor appreciated the strong photo and the old age of the card and decided to take a chance. He thought if it was real, how could it not be worth more than $9? Good move! And even better, he contacted REA to verify authenticity and sell! Although the card is trimmed around all four edges and the Kalamazoo Bats advertisement is missing, this is still a very attractive example with an otherwise Excellent appearance from the front. The card displays an extremely strong photograph with ideal contrast and perfect focus. There are no creases or wrinkles, and the blank reverse is clean. Encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC. We have found Baltimore to be a particularly rare team in the N693 Kalamazoo Bats set. This is a tremendous opportunity to acquire an attractive, yet relatively affordable, example of this desirable nineteenth-century rarity.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,320

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