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    1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Team - Detroit Wolverines SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - Only Four Graded Examples. 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 Detroit Wolverines. Detroit wouldn't have a club called the "Tigers" until 1894. This was a key season for the Detroit fans as it marked the team's first Pennant and Worlds Series Championship since entering the National League in 1881. The talent on this team is remarkable with four future Hall of Fame members. The 79-45 club included Dan Brouthers, Jack Rowe, Deacon White, Sam Thompson, Ned Hanlon, Hardy Richardson and Larry Twitchell. The pitching staff featured Larry Twitchell (11-1) but the star was Pretzels Getzien who amassed a 29-13 W-L record.

    Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5. One only four total examples graded by SGC. This is the lone example in Fair with a trio graded higher. The card shows obvious corner wear with a small piece of lost to time to account for the grade. The central image is wonderful with a glossy surface and free from dirt and scratches. Photo quality is excellent with a full range of tones. A great piece from the earliest days of Detroit's long affair with baseball.

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