1894 Alpha Photo-Engraving Steve Brodie - Only Card of Brodie Known to Exist

Sold For: $7,638

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 114

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Offered is a sample card of Steve Brodie from one of the rarest nineteenth-century baseball-cards sets: the legendary 1894 Alpha Photo-Engraving. We believe this is the only example in existence of the only card of Baltimore outfielder Steve Brodie ever issued. Brodie broke in to the majors with Boston in 1890, and played a total of twelve seasons between 1890 and 1902. His career happened to be during a time in which very few sets were issued. The Alpha Photo-Engraving set features players from the 1894 Baltimore Orioles, one of the greatest teams in the history of the game, with each player pictured in formal attire. Only fourteen cards from this extraordinary issue are known to exist. All fourteen known cards are different. Each of these cards, including the offered Alpha of Steve Brodie, is the only example known. Few sets from any era rival the 1894 Alpha Photo-Engraving set in terms of rarity, mystique, and significance. This set is one of the few issued during the 1890s, includes the earliest issued cards for many important players, and features one of the greatest teams in the history of the game. In addition to their distinctive and very classic look, they are also in their own league in terms of rarity. Alpha Photo-Engraving cards have long been recognized as simply impossible to obtain. All fourteen known cards were for many years owned by one very advanced collector who finally sold them in early 2006, resulting for the first time ever in the availability in the marketplace of several of these examples during the past few years. This is an exceptional example of this virtually impossible-to-find pre-1900 card. The card is bright and clean, both front and back, with an extremely strong Vg-Ex appearance. As is the case with all of the Alpha Photo-Engraving cards, the card has been downgraded by SGC solely due to an insignificant strip of tape and surface paper loss along the top border of the reverse, from long ago being displayed taped to a window and later removed. This is an extraordinary and unique sample from Alpha Photo-Engraving, one of card collecting’s rarest issues. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,638

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