1888 N321 S. F. Hess Creole California League Leonard Stockwell (Bat) SGC EX+ 70 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 74

Item Year: 1888

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

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Graded EX+ 70 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card of Leonard Stockwell in a batting pose from the N321 S. F. Hess California League series. Featuring full-color drawings on the front, the forty-card N321 series depicts minor leaguers from the California League and is one of the few color issues of the nineteenth century. The player name and position is printed along the top border, with "California League" arced over the player image and advertising for S. F. Hess & Co.'s Creole Cigarettes along the bottom border. During the past ten years, we have only offered seven examples from this rare issue! The offered card displays incredibly vibrant colors, light wear on the corners, and outstanding centering. The blank reverse is entirely clean with a very faint wet-sheet transfer visible. This is a superb example in uncharacteristically high grade of one of nineteenth-century baseball-card collecting's most elusive sample cards. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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