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1890 N172 Old Judge Charles Comiskey, Chicago (Players League)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,462.50

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. Presented is the highest-graded example of one of N172 Old Judge’s greatest rarities: the 1890 Players League designation card featuring the legendary Charles Comiskey with Chicago of the short-lived Players League. All 1890 Players League cards are extremely rare. Charles Comiskey is one of only several 1890 Old Judge “Players League” Hall of Famers known. This is an extremely attractive card, clean and crisp, both front and back, with just a hint of wear to the four square corners and the tiniest surface chip at the extreme tip of the upper left corner. The photo is pure sepia-tone, as opposed to slightly red-tinged as is often found with 1890 Old Judges. This is only the second example of this card we have ever offered (the other example was an SGC EX 60 sold in April 2006), and we believe this is also one of only two examples ever graded of this significant rarity. (Because the PSA and SGC population reports do not provide pose and team detail, it is impossible for us to be certain that another example has not been graded, but we have never seen or heard of another.) In addition to its extreme rarity, high grade, and the fact that this card features one of the key Hall of Famers of the Players League, this card is all the more noteworthy due to its extraordinary photo contrast. 1890 Old Judge cards are notorious for having extremely poor photo contrast. This example of Charles Comiskey is an exception, featuring an extremely strong image for an 1890 N172 Old Judge. After leading St. Louis to three consecutive Worlds Championships (1886, 1887, and 1888), Comiskey was one of the great stars of the game who jumped to the renegade Players League. When the Players League folded after a single season, Comiskey returned to St. Louis of the American Association in 1891. This is a very significant and extremely rare Old Judge of “The Old Roman” as a player, issued during one of nineteenth-century baseball’s most turbulent periods, featuring him with Chicago of the Players League. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,462.50

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