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Lot # 56 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Mike Dorgan, NY's

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $8,887.50

Graded VG+ 45 by SGC. Presented is an extraordinary Kalamazoo Bats example of New York Giants' outfielder Mike Dorgan. Dorgan is a particularly rare card in the Kalamazoo Bats set. In fact, this card is only the second example of Dorgan we have ever seen (REA sold the other example in 2004) and we know of only one other. All New York Giants and Mets player Kalamazoo Bats are exceedingly rare. We estimate that fewer than fifty examples in total 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 Mike Dorgan is in extraordinary condition. Very clean and strong in all respects, with just the slightest hint of corner wear, and superb photo quality. This card has an appearance far superior to its SGC-assigned grade. At a glance it appears Ex-Mt or better, and has been downgraded due to a vertical crease on the reverse. This is a tremendous example of an incredible rarity. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $8,887.50


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