Lot # 69: 1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Grover Cleveland Fielding, Ball Above Head

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Rare 1888 Presidential Base Ball Club card of Grover Cleveland. 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, Grover Cleveland is pictured in a fielding pose, with the ball showing above his head. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC, the offered card has an Excellent appearance from the front, but has been downgraded due to a tiny crease across the upper right corner and evidence of album removal (near the bottom edge) on the blank reverse. Despite the mentioned flaws, this is a very attractive example from this unusual and extremely scarce nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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