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    1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Cabinets Bierbauer/Gallagher SGC 20 Fair 1.5. Offered is an extremely rare 1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bat cabinet dual-player card featuring Lou Bierbauer and Bill Gallagher. What is interesting is Bierbauer did not play for the Phillies until 1886 while Gallagher is believed to have been out of baseball after 1884. To the best of our research, this is the first time this rarity has been made available at auction. Charles Gross & Co. is a revered name 19th Century collectors for producing the "Kalamazoo Bats" and "Four Base Hits" promotions. The larger cabinet cards are beautiful 4-1/4 x 6-1/2" versions of the smaller N690 cards but rank even higher in desirability. You couldn't ask for a better quality portrait. Crisp contrast and detailed clarity is in abundance and the print area is almost completely void of any blemish. The "C. Gross & Co. Copyright 1887" embossed stamp appears in the grass area between Gallagher's arms.

    Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5. The only example noted on both PSA and SGC census reports. The card mount is as exceptional as the print save for some ink writing identifying players and a "24" on the anticipated pink-color, blank reverse. Ink notations aside you have a stunning Excellent to Mint relic and possibly a one-of-a-kind card from an extremely rare issue.


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