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    1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Harry Wright SGC 60 EX 5.
    Wright's contributions to the early development of our national pastime place him right alongside Cartwright and Doubleday as one of baseball's most noteworthy pioneers. He was the founder and center fielder of the first professional ball club, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, he invented the box scoring system, designed the standard baseball uniform and was the first to direct his defense to shift in relation to hitters' tendencies. Overstatement is nearly impossible when contextualizing the significance of Wright within baseball history at large.

    N690 Kalamazoo Bats are among the rarest baseball cards, and a full documentation of its roster will likely never be realized. Myriad factors account for the scarcity today--a small original production run, a prize redemption promotion that saw most examples returned to the factory, and the thirteen decades separating modern day from issue. Only a half-dozen Wright examples appear in the entirety of the SGC population rankings.

    The offered example loudly asserts its supremacy within this microscopic census, the nearest competition a full two grade levels below the SGC 60 EX 5 assessment. Our catalog imagery should convey just how remarkably well-preserved this extraordinary entry is, particularly when considering that the overwhelming majority of the issue is found in the lower half of the grading spectrum. The corners and edges of these "real photo" promotions are highly susceptible to chipping and wrinkling it seems endemic to the N690 breed. A trend that this offering bucks beautifully. One of the most exciting opportunities we've presented for the nineteenth century collector.


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