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1870 Philadelphia Athletics BBC Team CDV

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,960.00

Extremely rare team composite CDV featuring portraits of the 1870 Philadelphia Athletics. The 1870 Athletics were one of the top teams of the era before the formation of the National Association in 1871. The card features ten identified player portraits in ovals, including A. J. Reach (at 11:00). In addition to his later prominence as baseball executive and entrepreneur, Al Reach was one of the top players in the game in the 1860s and early 1870s, and is credited by many as being the first professional baseball player. Also featured on this team is Dickie McBride (center), perhaps the greatest pitcher of the National Association, and Harry Schaefer, as well as George Bechtel, Thomas Berry, Count Sensenderfer, Fergy Malone, Wes Fisler, Tom Pratt, and John Radcliff. This is, with few exceptions, the very same team that won the championship of the National Association in the inaugural season. The "universe" of CDVs featuring significant pre-1871 teams is very small, consisting of perhaps as few as ten different cards. The 1870 Athletics CDV is one of the few, and one of the most significant. Produced by photographer John L. Gihon of Philadelphia (812 Arch Steet), with advertising on front and reverse in red. The photo quality of the portraits is excellent. Name identifications are all perfectly legible (though the type is very small, as made). There is a single light crease in the lower right corner of the mount, and the card has some light soiling. Overall in Vg to Vg-Ex condition. This is an extremely significant team card of one of the most important teams of the era, and one of the very few cards ever produced featuring Al Reach as a player. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00


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