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1888 N338-1 S. F. Hess California League - Noonan

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $8,400

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Highest-graded example of N338-1 S. F. Hess California League Noonan. This is an incredible rarity! Among the short list of virtually impossible to obtain sample cards, the sepia N338-1 S. F. Hess California League cards have always been at or close to the top. The offered card exhibits superb photo quality, with extraordinary detail. Very clean both front and back, and only a light horizontal crease keeps SGC from grading this exceptional example higher. When Lew Lipset's The Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards Volume 1 - 19th Century Cards was published in 1983, he noted that S. F. Hess California League cards "must rate with Four Base Hits as the rarest of the 19th century photographic cards." At that time only sixteen cards in the set were known to exist, including eleven different in the Burdick Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Four new additions to the set have been discovered since, including the uniquely designed "McGinty Steals A Base," which appears elsewhere in this auction and was completely unknown in 1983. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary and almost impossible to find example of one of nineteenth-century baseball-card collecting's most elusive and prized sample cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $8,400

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