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Lot # 78 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 N175 Gypsy Queen Curt Welch - Brown's Champions - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,067

Graded EX 60 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher. Extremely rare Gypsy Queen Brown's Champions portrait of Curt Welch (identified as "Welsh" on the card). This card is the same size and general format as N172 Old Judge, but with a slightly different design including a curved dome framing the portrait above, and featuring advertising for Goodwin's "Gypsy Queen" brand of tobacco. All N175 Gypsy Queens are rare and distinctive, but a Brown's Champions portrait example is particularly so. There has always been some confusion as to the catalog number of the smaller N175 Gypsy Queens (not to be confused with the even rarer large N175 Gypsy Queens, of which nine different cards are known) because the American Card Catalog does not distinguish between the two sizes of cards represented by "N175." The card has outstanding contrast, light, even corner wear, and is centered to the top. The blank reverse is almost entirely clean with just a few small age spots visible. Only six N175 Gypsy Queen examples (of any subect) have ever graded higher than EX 60 by SGC, making the offered card a particularly rare high-grade specimen. This is a very interesting and distinctive sample card of the rare and unusual Old Judge-related "Gypsy Queen" nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,067

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