Lot # 90: 1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Benjamin Harrison/Grover Cleveland SGC-Graded Pair

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Pair of rare 1888 Presidential Base Ball Club card featuring both Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. This pair 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. 1) Cleveland/Harrison (large heads; Harrison at bat and Cleveland catching). Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC (submitted by REA). The card has color added near the top border. A few creases are evident, as are several unobtrusive tack holes. 2) Cleveland/Harrison (Cleveland tagging Harrison). Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA). The grade is predicated almost entirely upon heavy creasing and paper residue on the bottom edge of the reverse. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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