Lot # 85: 1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Allen Thurman (Throwing)

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Rare 1888 Presidential Base Ball Club card of Allen Thurman. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. 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. Each portrait is comically superimposed on baseball-player bodies and posed in various baseball scenes with very elaborate studio stadium backdrops. On this card, Allen Thurman is pictured in a throwing pose. Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA), with a number of moderate-to-heavy creases throughout and evidence of album removal on the reverse. Reserve $100. Estimate (open).

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