Lot # 95: 1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Boston B.B.C. Team Card Including "King" Kelly and Radbourn

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Graded FR 1.5 by PSA. 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 small surface chip on the upper right corner, and light stain on the lower left. The blank reverse has moderate creasing, a large stain, and evidence of album removal (it was not uncommon back in the day for people to glue trade cards and postcards into scrapbooks). Despite the modest technical grade, this is still 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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