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1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Cabinet Card - McGarr
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,993.75
Presented is a very attractive Kalamazoo Bats cabinet card of A's infielder James B. "Chippy" McGarr. This card features a tremendous photograph with simply astounding detail. Not only can we count the laces on McGarr's shoes, we can tell you that McGarr intentionally chose not to lace the very top lace on each shoe (the unused lacing holes are clearly visible on both shoes), probably to allow him greater flexibility to respond as he navigated the infield. Kalamazoo Bats cabinet cards are much rarer than the traditionally seen smaller Kalamazoo Bats cards featuring Philadelphia players. Kalamazoo Bats cabinets are easily identified by their larger size (4.25 x 6.5 inches) and by the small “C. Gross & Co; Copyright 1887” stamp embossed directly on the photo. This is the only Kalamazoo Bats cabinet card example of McGarr we have ever seen. McGarr is also a particularly rare subject in the standard Kalamazoo Bats series. This is an extremely striking sample card from this rare nineteenth-century issue. Crisp and clean. A small circular stain in the background is very minor, and the number “3” is lightly written in pencil on the reverse; the card is otherwise in Excellent condition. Dimensions: 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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