1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Card Collection (3)

Sold For: $830

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 87

Item Year: 1888

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

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Collection of three cards (two different) 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. For this rare set, three cards is an uncommonly large group. Two cards are in Vg-Ex condition; one card is in Fair condition. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $830


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