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Lot # 34 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Irwin and Maul - Rare Advertisement Back!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920

Extremely attractive double-player pose Kalamazoo Bats tobacco card, with printed advertising on reverse, of Philadelphia A's shortstop Arthur Irwin tagging out pitcher Al Maul. Kalamazoo Bats with advertising on the reverse are especially rare and desirable. In addition, the outdoor action image is unusual and visually exciting. Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Do not be fooled by the harsh SGC grade on this card! Like many nineteenth-century cards, this card exhibits several small areas of paper loss on the reverse from long ago being glued into a scrapbook. This comes with the territory with pre-1900 cards and is solely responsible for the substantial technical downgrade by SGC. This is a beautiful card, which aside from the flaws on the reverse, appears Excellent, with four sharp corners, exceptional photo contrast, and centering to the right (when held horizontally as intended). The reverse advertising text is boldly printed in the areas unaffected by the paper loss. In addition to the rare ad back, also of special note is the fact that this is one of the very few distinctive and extremely desirable Kalamazoo Bats two-player cards that make the set all the more fascinating among nineteenth-century tobacco-card issues. An extraordinary sample card from this desirable issue! Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,920

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