Lot # 68: 1887 N284 Buchner Gold Coin Billy Sunday

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Mid-grade example from the N284 Buchner Gold Coin set featuring the legendary Billy Sunday. This is one of the key cards from this scarce set issued in 1887. Sunday, who became a world-famous evangelist after his ball-playing days, is one of the great nineteenth-century baseball figures whose fame transcends the sport. Billy Sunday was a star with Anson's Chicago Nationals in 1886 when he met a group of evangelists from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. The evangelists invited Billy to attend services, and soon after he became famous in the baseball community for his strong faith and moral lifestyle in a sport characterized by a culture of drinking, gambling, and hard living. He soon earned the nickname "The Evangelist." Following the 1890 season, Sunday left the game to pursue his true calling, earning less than twenty-five percent of the salary he could command on the baseball diamond. He became the most popular evangelist in America, and a great ambassador for the game of baseball. The offered example is well centered, with bold colors, and flawless registration. Downgraded due to evenly rounded corners, a small surface indentation in the lower left, and moderate staining on the reverse. The N284 Buchner set is one of the few nineteenth-century sets printed in color. While this set has not received the attention of many other pre-1900 issues, possibly because it features generic illustrations of the ballplayers rather than the actual likeness of the identified player, it is a very scarce set, far scarcer than many of the most popular issues of the 1880s such as N28 and N29 Allen & Ginter. This is a very pleasing example of one of the few cards to feature the legendary Billy Sunday. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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