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1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Larry Corcoran, NY's

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $29,625.00

Graded NM 84 by SGC. Presented is an extraordinary portrait example of Larry Corcoran from the N690 Kalamazoo Bat series. This card is the finest known example of Corcoran and is also the finest in terms of condition of all New York portrait (or even non-portrait) Kalamazoo Bats cards of any player. Of the 163 Kalamazoo Bats graded to date by SGC, only one other card has received a NM 84 grade (non-New York player George Wood). New York Giants and Mets player Kalamazoo Bats are among the rarest of all nineteenth-century cards. We estimate that fewer than fifty examples in total are known in the entire collecting world. The New York player Kalamazoo Bats all feature portraits and are considered by advanced collectors to actually be a set unto themselves, distinct from the rare but far more readily 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 to 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 Larry Corcoran is in virtually perfect condition and likely would have been described as MINT in the old days before professional grading. It is crisp and clean, with a flawless portrait, superb contrast, four sharp corners, and excellent centering. The blank reverse is bright and clean with only two small age spots visible near the top edge. This card has a particularly impressive and significant provenance. In 1987 a legendary small find of Kalamazoo Bats cards in Philadelphia included approximately ten New York players. Almost all of the few high-grade New York player Kalamazoo Bats cards known to exist originate from this single find. (A more recent find in upstate New York introduced three more high-grade New York examples into the hobby, all of which appeared in REA's 2009 auction.) In addition to the excitement generated by the find due to the incredible rarity of the cards, several cards were never before even known to exist, and all were in virtually perfect condition. This extraordinary card of Larry Corcoran was one of the New York Kalamazoo Bats cards from the famous 1987 find and has been exceptionally well preserved since that time, as it was for the one hundred years prior to the discovery. This is an incredible example of this spectacularly rare and desirable nineteenth-century card, literally the finest example in existence. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $29,625.00


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