1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Card Collection (4)

Sold For: $2,350

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 107

Item Year: 1888

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Collection of four different cards from this rare nineteenth-century baseball-related nonsport tobacco-card set. Catalogued N154 and issued by Duke & Sons, the Presidential B.B. Club set is similar in dimensions (4.25 x 2.25 inches), design, and rarity to Kalamazoo Bats, but instead of ballplayers, they feature large ("Heads-Up" style) photographic portraits of the presidential candidates of 1888, Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland, comically superimposed on baseball-player bodies, posed in various baseball scenes with very elaborate studio stadium backdrops. These cards were just recently discovered. For this rare set, four cards is an uncommonly large group. Two cards are in Vg-Ex/Ex condition; two cards are in Very Good condition. Total 4 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,350

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