Lot # 73: 1888 N154 Duke Presidential Base Ball Club Benjamin Harrison Batting/Grover Cleveland Catching (Large Variation) - Highest Graded!

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level by SGC with none higher! Rare 1888 Presidential Base Ball Club card featuring both Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison (Large Heads variation). 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 catching pose and Benjamin Harrison is batting. (Please note SGC mislabeled the pose as "Pitcher/Batter.") The card displays superb photo contrast, four strong corners, and centering toward the top left. The blank reverse is clean with a light surface crease present on the lower left edge. This is a stunning example from this unusual and extremely scarce nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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