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    1870 John Gihon Studios Athletic B.B.C. Carte de Visite (CDV) SGC 80 EX/NM 6. NOTE: The SGC census report has two entries for this card. The total population number has been updated. This is still the highest graded example.

    Offered is a very rare and high-quality CDV that features the 1870 Athletics Baseball Club. Images from this early period in baseball are quite rare and highly prized by collectors. The 1870 Athletics were a powerhouse in the pre-National Association era. The ten identified players include A. J. Reach (of Reach & Spaulding fame in the upper left), Malone, Fisler, Radcliff, J.D. McBride (in center), Pratt, Bechtel, Sensenderfer, Berry and Schaefer. This team would also take the championship of the newly formed National Association in 1871.

    Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6. This is the highest graded example of just seven currently graded by SGC. The photograph is credited to John L. Gihon at 812 Arch Street in Philadelphia. The 2-1/2" x 4-1/8" CDV almost taunts the viewer, daring you to guess that it is now approaching 150 years in age. The central oval image area with virtually problem free. Adding a CDV from the earliest post-civil war era is a privilege only a small sampling of advanced hobbyists have had the chance to experience.


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