1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Harry Wright
Reserve - $5,000. Estimate - $10,000/$20,000
Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Exceptional high-grade example of Harry Wright from the N690 Kalamazoo Bats series. This is the second highest graded example of this card on record between the combined population reports of both PSA and SGC. It is exceeded by only a single PSA EX-MT 6, and its next closest competitor is an SGC VG 40 example. This is a card that rarely surfaces in any grade and it certainly does not show up in the extraordinary condition of this example. Kalamazoo Bats are revered for their great rarity, unusual outdoor poses, and unique size and design. This is an outstanding example, extremely high grade for Kalamazoo Bats, that perfectly showcases the great appeal of this rare nineteenth-century tobacco issue. Its subject-- Hall of Fame manager Harry Wright of the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League --is extremely desirable in any nineteenth-century issue. This is the quintessential card of Harry Wright as manager, in the dugout, scorebook in hand. This remarkable card presents with sharp corners, virtually perfect centering, and is extremely clean, both front and back. Only a very light one-inch crease visible only on the blank reverse (it cannot be seen from the front) keeps this gem from a much higher technical grade. The photo is particularly strong with exceptional contrast and detail. This card has virtually all the qualities of a Nr/Mt-Mt example and in fact was sold as such when our consignor purchased it in the 1990s before professional grading was as established as it is today. This is an ideal high-grade example of Hall of Famer Harry Wright, literally one of the finest in existence, from one of the nineteenth century's most fascinating and highly prized sets. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000.
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