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1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith Rookie - SGC NM 84

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938

Graded NM 84 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level by SGC, with just one graded higher (NM/MT 88). Extraordinary ultra high-grade 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (pose #201-5, hand head high) with Milwaukee of the Western League. Griffith is among the most difficult to find of all N172 Hall of Famers. All six poses of Griffith feature him with Milwaukee and were issued in 1889. This is Griffith's rookie card. He signed his first pro contract in 1888 with Milwaukee of the Western League, and later jumped to the American Association, pitching for both St. Louis and Boston in 1891 before the league collapsed. Griffith was signed by Cap Anson for his NL Chicago Colts (later Cubs) in 1893. The "Old Fox" earned his nickname with his six-pitch arsenal, including the screwball (which he claimed to have invented). As suggested by its NM 84 SGC grade, this is an extraordinary high-grade Old Judge. It is perfectly clean, both front and back, with four square corners, well centered with a slight diamond cut, and with particularly strong photo quality for an N172 Griffith. This is an outstanding high-grade example of Clark Griffith's earliest baseball card dating from his playing days, long before his distinguished career as a baseball executive. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938

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