1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Boston B.B.C. Team Card Including "King" Kelly and Radbourn

Sold For: $13,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 67

Item Year: 1887

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

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. The Boston Base Ball Club from the extremely rare 1887 Kalamazoo Bats series of team cards. There are only six team cards in the set, and Boston is one of the high-profile keys to the set. The Boston Club was one of the powerhouses of the era, highlighted by Hall of Famers Mike "King" Kelly and "Old Hoss" Radbourn. The contrast on this example is superb. This is an extremely attractive card, with extraordinary detail, from the elaborate stadium-fence background, to the buttons on the uniforms, down to even the design elements of the legs of the chairs on which the players are sitting. The card is bright and crisp, with a few tiny spots of toning on the right border (mentioned for accuracy), and evenly rounded corners. The blank reverse has a few surface creases and several light spots of toning. This is an exceptionally attractive Kalamazoo Bats team card example and one of the nineteenth century's most striking and popular team cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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