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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (52) Including Four Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,110

Offered is an outstanding collection of fifty-two different N172 Old Judges highlighted by Hall of Famers John Clarkson, Charles Comiskey, Tim Keefe, and Tommy McCarthy. Issued by Goodwin & Company from 1887 to 1890, N172 Old Judges are universally recognized as the premier nineteenth-century baseball-card set. Old Judges have always been appreciated for their great historical significance as the first major baseball-card set. In the "old days" it was possible to find these classics at shows, in auctions, and sometimes even at flea markets. As any collector of vintage cards can attest, these days Old Judges have virtually disappeared from the collecting landscape. Old Judges rarely surface today in any quantity and the offering of even a few cards makes serious collectors take note. Cards are usually offered individually, and "commons" can bring prices which just a few short years ago would have been thought appropriate only for Hall of Famers. The fifty-two different cards in this lot are a collection unto themselves and are all the more appealing as a group due to the inclusion of four Hall of Famers and the quality of the images on many cards. Condition: With reference to condition, collectors tend to be much more forgiving with Old Judges than with other vintage cards, let alone more recent issues. Approximately 35% of the cards grade Vg with 65% grading lesser (including seven showing apparent signs of rebacking). The grades in the preceding composite are without reference to reverse flaws in the form of notations, scrapbook paper attached, light paper loss, or glue marks, which affect a very large percentage of the blank backs and are so common and standard for Old Judges. There are so many cases when an Old Judge is technically in very low grade but is considered a far superior card than a high-grade example in terms of eye-appeal and desirability by many collectors. In the old days, advanced collectors weren't concerned at all about whether there was glue, a little scrapbook paper, an ink stamp, or pencil notations on the backs of Old Judges. Just to have the card, hopefully with a quality image, was the whole point. Most, if not all, collectors interested in amassing the entire Old Judge set today feel similarly. In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist. This collection consists of the following: #28-2 Bierbauer, 53-5 Burdock, 71-2 Caruthers, 73-6 Chamberlain, 78-7 John Clarkson (HOF, Chi), 79-3 Clements, 84-5 Collins, 86-3 Charles Comiskey (HOF), 97-3 Crane, 121-5 Deasley (NY), 132-6 Dorgan, 153-3 Farrar, 163-3 Flint, 163-5 Flint, 165-2 Fogarty, 170-4 Foutz, 184-2 George, 185-2 Gerhardt, 188-3 Gillespie, 191-4 Glasscock, 196-5 Gore, 214-1 Harkins, 222-4 Henderson, 235-3 Hornung, 244-4 Irwin, 251-7 Tim Keefe (HOF), 274-4 Latham, 282-5 Lynch, 297-11 Mattimore (NY), 301-9 Tommy McCarthy (HOF), 312-2 McGuire, 320-1 McTamany, 331-5 Mullane, 351-1 O'Brien, 356-3 O'Neill, 360-3 Orr, 366-4 Pfeffer, 387-4 Roach, 425-4 Smith, 448-5 Sutton, 449-2 Swartwood, 453-2 Tebeau (Clev), 454-5 Tener, 455-2 Terry, 455-3 Terry, 457-3 Tiernan, 458-4 Titcomb, 485-5 Welch, 491-2 Weyhing, 499-2 Whitney (NY), 502-2 Williamson, and 511-3 Zimmer. This is an exceptional collection of fifty-two cards from the legendary N172 Old Judge set with several notable highlights. Total: 52 cards.Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $7,110

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