Lot # 17: 1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Teams Detroit B.B.C. - SGC FR 1.5 - Multiple HOFers!

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Item was in Auction "Fall, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 11/5/2023 12:00 AM to
11/25/2023 9:00 PM

Issued in 1887 by Charles Gross & Co. of Philadelphia as a promotion for Kalamazoo Bats Cigarettes, the N693 team cards are extremely rare today.  Six team cards were issued in total, bearing a resemblance in design to the single-player N690 Kalamazoo Bats cards.

The studio photo pictures the members of the 1887 World Champion Detroit Wolverines, including Lady Baldwin, Charles Bennett, Fatty Briody, Dan Brouthers (HOF), Fred Dunlap, Charles Ganzel, Charles Getzien, Ned Hanlon (HOF), Hardy Richardson, Jack Rowe, Billy Shindle, Sam Thompson (HOF), Larry Twitchell, Bill Watkins (manager, in street clothes), Deacon White (HOF), and Stump Wiedman.  Considered among the more rare of the N693 cards, just six examples have been graded by SGC and PSA combined, this example grading FAIR 1.5, primarily due to pencil writing and mild staining on the reverse.  The card front presents extremely well, despite some surface abrasions and mild creasing at the edges, and a small spot of paper loss at the bottom right border.  An extremely scarce card featuring four Hall of Famers.

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