1888 N338-2 S. F. Hess Joe Gerhardt, New York A. A.
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,740.00
Extremely attractive and rare sample card of Joe Gerhardt of the New York Metropolitans of the American Association from the S. F. Hess & Co. set. The N338-2 S. F. Hess set primarily features New York Giants players. Gerhardt is one of only two New York American Association players known and is very unusual in this respect. It is very different in general appearance than most other cards in the S. F. Hess set, and the reason is that all the New York Giant players (except one) are featured in ovals, and all non-Giant players (in addition to two New York Metropolitan players, three other non-Giant players known) are pictured in full portrait images including the background and with no oval frame. In addition, there is no team name across Gerhardt's chest (Giants players have "New York" across their chests on their uniforms). Interestingly, Gerhardt was with the Giants in 1885 and 1886, and according to the record books somehow played one single game for the Giants in 1887, and played 85 games for the Metropolitans also in 1887. He did not play for any Major League team in 1888 or 1889. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC due to a slight trim along the left edge (we don't believe this card was trimmed but we do see a very slight irregularity to the cut along the left side). This example is crisp and clean, front and back. The card is well-centered with strong contrast and a flawless image. There is a small chip resulting in minor paper loss at the top left corner along with a light wrinkle in the bottom right corner. The blank reverse is clean, with a small area of what we believe is a layer of surface paper loss cut away along the bottom (not easily seen in a scan but easier to see in person). Interesting provenance note: This card has never before been offered at auction and was sent in by a very old-time pioneer collector who has had the card for decades and happens to live in upstate New York just minutes from Rochester - exactly where these cards were issued! This is a very unusual and top-quality example from one of the nineteenth century's rarest baseball-card sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $4,740.00