1888 N321 S. F. Hess Creole California League Rube Levy SGC EX 60 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 87

Item Year: 1888

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

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Graded EX 60 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card of Rube Levy 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. The offered card displays incredibly vibrant colors, centering only slightly to the right, and four strong corners. The blank reverse is entirely clean with a faint bleed-through visible. This card would not look out of place in a higher grade in our opinion. This is a superb example in uncharacteristically high grade of one of nineteenth-century baseball-card collecting's most elusive sample cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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