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1888 N321 S. F. Hess Creole California League "Big" Smith SGC NM 84 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,700

Graded NM 84 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare sample card of "Big" Smith from the N321 S. F. Hess California League series. Featuring full-color drawings on the front, the forty-card N321 series depicts minor leaguers from the California League and is one of the few color issues of the nineteenth century. The player name and position is printed along the top border, with "California League" arced over the player image and advertising for S. F. Hess & Co's. Creole Cigarettes along the bottom border. During the past ten years, we have only offered four examples from this rare issue! This is by far the finest! To date, SGC has only graded one card (of any subject) higher (NM+ 86), and this is the only card (of any subject) graded NM 84. The offered card displays incredibly vibrant colors, outstanding centering, and four strong corners. The blank reverse is entirely clean. This is a superb example in uncharacteristically high grade of one of nineteenth-century baseball-card collecting's most elusive sample cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700

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