Lot # 71: 1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Benjamin Harrison (Fielding)

Starting Bid: $200.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Very attractive sample card from this extremely 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 and vice presidential candidates of 1888 comically superimposed on baseball-player bodies, posed in various baseball scenes with very elaborate studio stadium backdrops. On this card, Benjamin Harrison is preparing to field with his hands near the ground. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC, the offered card has an Excellent appearance from the front, but has been downgraded due to evidence of album removal on the blank reverse. This is a stunning low-grade example from this unusual and extremely scarce nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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