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    1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Roger Connor SGC VG 3 - The Finest of Only Two Graded Examples! This is the sole highest graded SGC Kalamazoo Bats Roger Connor card of the man his obituary called "The Babe Ruth of the '80s." When Hank Aaron smashed his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth's record in 1973, fans started to wonder, "Who had the lifetime home run record that Ruth broke?" The answer is Roger Connor, and even knowledgeable fans found themselves asking, "Who?" Roger Connor was thrust into the spotlight then, and it resulted in his being named to the Hall of Fame two years later. He deserved it.

    Connor was a giant, and later a Giant. At 6'3" and 220, the first baseman dwarfed the much smaller players of his era. Not only did he play the majority of his career with the New York Giants, his gigantic size was partially responsible for the team nickname being changed from Gothams to Giants in 1885. Born in 1857, the switch-hitter reached the Majors with Troy of the National League in 1880. Almost unbelievably, he never led the National League in homers in any season. He just kept being near the top year after year and accumulated 138 homers, a gigantic tally in the time of immense ballparks and a dead ball.

    Graded SGC VG 3. This is the finer of the two graded by SGC. The 1887 Kalamazoo Bats cards measured approximately 2-1/2" by 4" and have a sepia photo attached to a cardboard backing. They were packaged with packs of tobacco. His excellent quality portrait is affected by tobacco staining. They are rare, visually attractive, with a roster list of over 50 names/poses.


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