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1887 N172 Old Judge John Ward
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $593
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Very attractive 1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer John Ward (pose #478-9). Ward is recognized as one of the most important and influential players of the nineteenth century. In addition to being a star pitcher, and later a standout shortstop for the New York Giants during the 1880s, he was also one of Major League baseball's few true scholars. Ward was a college graduate (Penn State), and he later earned a law degree from Columbia. In 1890, Ward served as the leader of the short-lived renegade Players' League. Superb photo quality, no creases, and strong corners. Centering contributes to the somewhat modest technical grade as the image is positioned in such a way that there is no top or left border visible. Clean reverse with a tiny chip to the card stock near the bottom (which also affects its technical grade). Crease and wrinkle free with a crystal-clear image. This is a very striking yet still relatively affordable example of one of the key Hall of Famer cards in the N172 Old Judge series. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $593
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