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1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Roger Connor, NY's - "1 of 1"
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $44,063
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. “1 of 1”! The only N690 Kalamazoo Bats of Roger Connor ever graded by SGC or PSA. Presented is an extraordinary Kalamazoo Bats example of pre-1900 home run champion and Hall of Famer Roger Connor. This card is only the second example of Connor we have ever seen (in 1996 REA sold the other, an example from the Ron Oser find of 1988). All New York Giants and Mets player Kalamazoo Bats are exceedingly rare. We estimate that fewer than forty examples are known in the entire collecting world. The New York player Kalamazoos all feature portraits, and are considered by advanced collectors to actually be a set unto themselves, distinct from the rare but far more available Philadelphia Athletics series. In Lew Lipset's The Encyclopedia of Base Ball Cards Volume 1 - 19th Century Cards, published in 1984, he speculates that the Kalamazoo Bats Mets and Giants players actually date from 1886 (as opposed to 1887), and an analysis of the known players (including checklist additions discovered since 1984) verifies that this is almost certainly the case. The offered example of New York's Roger Connor is in extraordinary condition. Bright, fresh, crisp, perfectly clean, both front and back, with four square corners, and flawless contrast. This card has an appearance far superior to its SGC-assigned grade. At a glance it appears Near Mint, and has been downgraded due to a tiny surface imperfection (extremely minor; appears to be a factory flaw surface tear) in the lower left border and a very light spot of toning on the top border. This is a stunning high-grade Kalamazoo Bats example of Hall of Famer Roger Connor. One of the most majestic of all nineteenth-century cards, this is a simply spectacular Hall of Fame example of one of the rarest and most significant issues in all of card collecting. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $44,063
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