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1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Jim Donahue, Mets - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,813
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Highest-graded example by SGC with no examples graded by PSA. Presented is an exceptional Kalamazoo Bats example of New York American Association catcher Jim Donahue, a particularly rare subject in the set, and by far the finest of the two Donahue examples graded by SGC (the other being graded GOOD 30). This card (along with the two other examples offered in this auction) were found in upstate New York where (probably not coincidentally) a few other New York Kalamazoo Bats cards have surfaced over the years. These rarities may or may not have been issued in other locales, but the few small finds over the years suggest it is a certainty that they were issued in upstate New York. All Mets players are extremely rare in the Kalamazoo Bats set. They may actually be even rarer than Kalamazoo Bats New York Giants players. There were no Mets players in the legendary Kalamazoo Bats portrait find of 1987. (All were Giants and Philadelphia players.) In thirty-eight years we have seen fewer than ten Mets player Kalamazoo Bats, and we would be surprised if more than thirty examples in total were even known to exist. Among nineteenth-century sample cards, few issues approach the rarity (or the majestic presence) of Mets Kalamazoo Bats. Most consider the Mets a set unto themselves, distinct from the Giants. Each Mets player is pictured with no hat (Giant players are all wearing hats) and players are pictured in portraits identical to those that appear in the rare "Spotted Ties" subset of the N172 Old Judge set. This is a tremendous example of an incredible rarity. Very clean and in strong condition, especially for the assigned grade, with superb photo quality. The card has been downgraded from a much higher level by SGC due to a few light stains on the front, a barely visible pressure indentation across the top portion of the card (seen only when held at the right angle with extreme lighting), a couple of tiny surface creases in the upper right corner, and minor soiling on the reverse, all of which in our opinion have little or no impact on the outstanding condition this card displays. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,813
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