Lot # 78: 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats "Double-Player Poses" SGC-Graded Trio

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM



Newly discovered collection of three extremely rare "double-player" poses from the 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats series, each of which long ago had the advertisement on the bottom clipped off. Each card is encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC (submitted by REA). The trio consists of the following. 1) Louis Bierbauer and Bill Gallagher "tagging player." 2) Jim Devlin and Tom Taylor (Trainer). Although identified in hobby checklists for decades as Harry Lyons of the Quakers, this card actually features pitcher Jim Devlin. It is interesting to note that Taylor was one of the first men to ever be hired as a trainer by a professional baseball team. 3) Wilbert Robinson (catching) and center fielder Fred Mann (batting). This is a special card on many counts: It is an outstanding sample card from the rare 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats set. It is one of the few "double-player" cards in the set, which gives it a fascinating visual appeal. And perhaps most important: It features Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson. Despite the obvious condition problems, this is an impressive group of these rare cards. While condition is always of utmost importance with regard to value, and these are low-grade examples, the cards are clean, and the images are unaffected by the condition problems, which include some edge and corner wear, as well as a crease or two. These Kalamazoo Bats were just recently discovered (along with five additional N690 Kalamazoo Bats cards and one additional N693 team card, which are offered as separate lots in this auction) by a noncollector who just happened to come across these cards among the family's possessions. This group represents a very rare, possibly unique opportunity to obtain extremely attractive low-grade examples of these significant nineteenth-century rarities for a small fraction of what these cards would sell for in an undamaged state. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $300.

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