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    Circa 1860 CDV Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card SGC VG 3.




    Seminal artifact ranks with the most significant mementos of the sport's infancy ever to surface in the collecting community, quite possibly the only team baseball card to be printed before the first drop of blood was spilled in the American Civil War. The subject is the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn, considered the first Champion of our National Pastime, as well as the sport's first dynasty. The Atlantics served as a founding member of the sport's first organized league, the National Association of Base Ball Players, and held the Championship from 1859 through the war-shortened season of 1861 before finally surrendering supremacy to archrival Eckford of Brooklyn in 1862.

    Though the century and a half that has passed since those earliest days of organized baseball has largely wiped the name clean from the minds of all but experienced baseball historians, the Atlantics did enjoy a recent brief return to the spotlight almost four years ago when a slightly-damaged SGC Authentic specimen drew a winning bid of $179,250 in Heritage's July 2015 Platinum Night auction. Certainly this representation is even finer.

    The image finds this historic nine posing in bib-front uniforms, one with a thick-handled bat resting against his leg. The two unidentified men in civilian clothing are likely team management, and partially legible penciled handwriting on verso appears to identify them as team president and secretary. The photographic contrast and registration is almost beyond comparison. The lone fault is a small triangle shaped area of paper loss in the lower left, so insignificant one easily overlooks it. Wear at the edges and corners is both expected and inconsequential. One corner has a small area of surface chipping. Faded pencil scribble is seen on the verso along with the studio stamping resting dead center within the 2-3/8" x 3-7/8" overall size.

    It is one of just three examples known to exist today and has survived in a remarkable state of preservation. Graded SGC VG 3.


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