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1888 N172 Old Judge Bobby Lowe
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $540
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. High-quality N172 Old Judge of Bobby Lowe (Milwaukee, pose #281-1) with an 1888 copyright. Lowe is of very special note in the Old Judge set on two counts: 1) Lowe is specifically listed as a scarce card (among the top 100 rare players in the entire N172 set, including the eighteen virtually impossible-to-find California League players) according to the comprehensive guide to Old Judges, The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson. 2) Bobby Lowe is an extremely well known nineteenth-century star, just shy of being a Hall of Famer (in fact, he is considered deserving of the honor by many) and he will always be remembered as the first player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game, a feat which he accomplished in 1894. The offered card presents much better than suggested by its modest assigned grade. Four strong corners, a flawless surface, and outstanding photo quality. Downgraded due to album residue (and a small strip of paper loss) on the blank reverse. A little back damage usually "comes with the territory" with Old Judges, and collectors are very tolerant of this, especially since so many cards were originally saved in scrapbook albums. This is a superb N172 Old Judge rarity which will be of special interest to advanced Old Judge collectors. SOLD FOR $540
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