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    1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Team - Baltimore Orioles SGC 50 VG/EX 4. Well over a century ago, the Charles Gross & Co. based in Philadelphia made their name for selling tobacco and cigars. They existed at a time when there was no shortage of tobacco products and it also happened to be the dawn of the era of the insert trading card. What they certainly didn't plan on was giving the hobby some of the most coveted examples of 19th Century baseball cards ever produced. Taking a step up from the standard dimensions on the era, Charles Gross & Co. offerings under their "Kalamazoo Bats " brand cigars were a premium sized card promoting "The Best Cigar In the World For The Money." They are also among the rarest 19th Century cards and serve as nothing short of a deep source of pride of everyone fortunate enough to have one in their collection. Higher up on the Kalamazoo bats rarity scale from the baseball player cards are the six known team cards designated "N693" in the American Card Catalog.

    Our offered card features the Baltimore Orioles. The lineup showcased such colorful names like Oyster Burns, Jumbo Davis, Blondie Purcell and Phenomenal Smith. The 77-58 squad finished third in the AA and is seems they lived or died that season on the arms of 22-year old Phenomenal Smith (25-30) and 21-year old Matt Kilroy who won 46 games and lost 19 games. The pair account for 49 of their 58 losses but 71 of the 77 wins.

    Graded SGC 50 VG/EX 4. One only six examples graded by SGC. Two have graded VG/EX, the pair rank as the highest graded examples. The card shows some corner wear and that is all that seems to account for the grade. The central image is beautiful with a glossy surface free of any dirt and scratches. Photo quality is excellent with a full range of tones. A fine example from a series few hobbyists can say they have in their collection.

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