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1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Detroit BBC Team Card (with HOFers Brouthers, Hanlon, and White)
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $13,035.00
Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1887 Kalamazoo Bats team card of the Detroit Wolverines of the National League issued by Chas. Gross & Co. This team is highlighted by Hall of Famers Dan Brouthers, Ned Hanlon, Sam Thompson, and Deacon White. All N693 team cards are extremely rare, but in our experience we have found the Detroit team to be particularly rare. Only three examples have been recorded in the combined population reports of PSA (none) and SGC (three). Only six different teams are known to exist in the N693 set. No new teams have been discovered since the 1960s so the set appears to be complete at six. This is a stunning example presenting in Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt condition from the front. The card displays an extremely strong photograph with ideal contrast and perfect focus. The photograph is well-centered with four strong corners displaying very minor wear under close examination. The card has been downgraded due to several faint creases on the reverse which do not break through to the front. There are two faint marks on the back, possible remnants from prior mounting, but the blank reverse is otherwise clean. (In the "old days" when this card was purchased, it was described as Near Mint to Mint! While modern grading standards understandably strive to take into account all flaws, we can't help but think the great merits of this card are not fully communicated by its modest modern-day technical grade.) This is a tremendous example of this desirable nineteenth-century rarity. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $13,035.00
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