Lot # 105: 1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Double-Player Cabinet Card - Bastian and Lyons

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Presented is an extremely rare N690 Kalamazoo Bats cabinet card featuring Philadelphia Quakers second baseman Charlie Bastian tagging out Philadelphia A's third-baseman Denny Lyons. This is one of the few double-player cards in the set, which gives it a fascinating visual appeal. This card also features incredible background detail, including the stadium wall with a distinctive A. J. Reach & Co. advertising sign, which is one of the many qualities for which the Kalamazoo Bats set is especially noted. Kalamazoo Bats cabinet cards are among the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues and feature perhaps the most stunning photography of any nineteenth-century set. The cabinet cards are extremely striking and are much rarer than the traditionally seen 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. As can easily be seen, this is a magnificent card with an extraordinary appearance despite its technical grade of POOR 10 by SGC. The image on this card is very bold, with outstanding contrast and extraordinary detail. The card displays extremely worn corners, a couple minor creases on the photo, and moderate toning on the front of the mount. The blank reverse has several spots of toning. Kalamazoo Bats are noted for both their great rarity and unique design. This is a remarkable example from one of the nineteenth century's most substantial and highly regarded sets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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