Lot # 101: 1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Cabinet Card - Fred Mann with “C. Gross & Co; Copyright 1887” Embossed Stamp

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM

Graded GOOD 2 by SGC (submitted by REA). Spectacular N690 Kalamazoo Bats cabinet card of prominent Philadelphia Athletics outfielder Fred Mann. Kalamazoo Bats cabinet cards are one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball card issues and feature the most stunning photography of any nineteenth-century set. We have handled fewer than half a dozen examples from this rare series in total during the past twenty years! The cabinet cards are extremely striking and are much rarer than the more traditional smaller Kalamazoo Bats cards featuring Philadelphia players. Kalamazoo Bats cabinets are easily identified by their larger size (4.25 x 6.5 inches) and by the small “C. Gross & Co; Copyright 1887” stamp embossed directly on the photo. They are particularly noted for the distinctive style and quality of their images. The image on this card is very bold, with flawless contrast and simply unbelievable detail. It would be hard to imagine a higher-quality photograph from any era, let alone from 1887. We can literally count the laces on Mann's shoes and the blades of grass underneath them. This is a stunning photograph. The photographer's backdrop is also a fascinating element, with painted plants. The photograph is bright, crisp, clean, and virtually flawless. The blank reverse has the identification "Fred I. Mann" and the number "27" noted in black ink, which is solely responsible for the assigned grade. The cabinet has an extraordinary overall Excellent appearance, with very light wear along the edges (more visible from the reverse). This is a remarkable high-grade example from one of the nineteenth century's most substantial and highly regarded sets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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