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1888 N172 Old Judge Jim Tyng - Newly Discovered Uncatalogued Pose!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $19,975

Graded EX 60 by SGC. After 121 years of being unknown, presented is a newly discovered pose of James Tyng in the N172 Old Judge baseball-card set! The Old Judge set, issued by Goodwin & Company between 1886 and 1890, is the largest and most important of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. The set has been the subject of so much serious study and endless fascination by collectors for so long that new discoveries are rare, and one would think unlikely at this late date. But not impossible! This batting pose of Tyng was unknown until January 2009. We’d like to take credit for the discovery, but that honor goes to Jay Miller, a true scholar of collecting and one of the most advanced collectors of Old Judges in the world. Jay visited REA’s office to look at the large Old Judge collection that had just come in for auction. As a courtesy he offered to help us review the cards for any hidden rarities or information that would be helpful to us in processing the collection. That sounded great to us, especially since the Old Judge set has so many subtle rarities, and Jay really knows his Old Judges. This is sort of like having Albert Einstein offer to help you with your math homework. To his and our great surprise, while he was carefully reviewing some 600 Old Judges, he suddenly announced that he had discovered a new Old Judge pose! Without his keen eye and comprehensive knowledge of Old Judges, we are fairly certain that we would have not noticed this card was a new pose. It is possible it would have never been noticed, as there is another batting pose of Tyng in the Old Judge set that we probably would have assumed was this card. But in the photo on the other (already known) batting pose card (obviously taken moments before or after), Tyng is in a bat-at-ready pose, preparing to hit. In the newly discovered card, Tyng is standing relaxed with the bat resting on his shoulder. The card is bright, clean, and crisp, both front and back, with flawless photo contrast, and just the slightest hint of light wear on the corners. It's not everyday that a new Old Judge pose is discovered, and it has been exciting for us to play a role in documenting and presenting this new Old Judge checklist addition. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $19,975

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