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1888 N333 S. F. Hess Newsboys League - Mahoney - SGC EX/NM 80
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. N333 S. F. Hess Newsboys League sample card featuring newsboy "Mahoney" of the Rochester Post Express. (Note: in the printed catalog the player is not identified; identification has since been possible due to an image of another example of this card with superior contrast sent to us; we otherwise just could not read the name due to contrast). This rare nineteenth-century issue features ballplayers from the "Newsboys League," comprised of newsboys from eight different papers in eight different cities (Rochester, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Albany, Detroit, New York, and Syracuse), as opposed to Major Leaguers. The ballplayers are pictured in posed studio settings in full uniform. This sample is particularly strong. While the photo contrast is a little light, it is still an outstanding card. The blank reverse is entirely clean. To date, SGC has graded only twenty-six cards from this rare issue, and this is the highest-graded example (of any player) ever evaluated! This is a very attractive and exceptionally high quality nineteenth-century sample-card rarity worthy of even the most advanced collection!
Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $840
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