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    1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Team - Boston Beaneaters PSA Fair 1.5. 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 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, this card featuring the Boston Beaneaters which featured HoFers King Kelly and "Old Hoss" Radbourn and a 19-year old rookie pitcher named Kid Madden.

    Historically, the city of Boston has been home to some of the most extremely passionate sports fans. In 1887, fans cheered and probably jeered the Boston Beaneaters squad who amassed a 61-60 W-L record thanks to King Kelly batting .322 and a pitching duo of Radbourn and Madden who accounted for 45 of Boston's 61 victories. Both pitchers retired in 1891. Madden retired with a 54-50 lifetime record, Radbourn would earn HoF status and is one of baseball's earliest 300+ game winners. A feat he accomplished in only 12 seasons.

    Graded PSA Fair 1.5. This is one only two examples reviewed by PSA, the other is an "Authentic." At 129 years old, the cards shows some corner wear, creasing, moisture staining seen on the reverse and some mild obverse soiling. Photo quality is very good with a full range of tones and has retained some finer details. A fine example from a series few hobbyists can say they have in their collection.

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