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1889 N172 Old Judge Bill Holbert - Mets (No League Affiliation)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $420
Graded VG 40 by SGC. High-quality example of Bill Holbert (Mets, pose #230-7) from the N172 Old Judge series. Holbert is the only player in the N172 Old Judge set that is featured as a member of a team with no league affiliation. In earlier years, this very same pose of Holbert was issued identifying him with Brooklyn, as he changed teams over the years. One might assume at a glance that the "Mets" team identification on this card refers to the New York Metropolitans of the American Association, the team that Holbert was on in 1886 and 1887. That is not the case. The New York Metropolitans' last year in the American Association was 1887. This is an 1889 Old Judge card and the "Mets" team referred to on this card is an independent team with no league affiliation that has no connection to the American Association Mets team. Holbert played twelve seasons in the Major Leagues for six different teams, and although not a major star, he was a teammate of Buck Ewing, Roger Connor, Tim Keefe, and Mickey Welch in 1881 while with the Troy Trojans. The card is bright and clean, front and back, with the photo contrast a little light, and centered to the right. The reverse is clean. When it comes to pre-1900 baseball-card collecting, N172 Old Judges will always be recognized as the most significant set, and this N172 "Mets" player card featuring Billy Holbert will remain one of this important issue's most interesting cards. SOLD FOR $420
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