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Lot # 1009 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1926 "N173 Old Judge" Display Collection (4) Including Hall of Famers Charles Comiskey, Harry Wright, and John Ward

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440

If the images upon these four large-format photographic displays look familiar to collectors it is with good reason. The photos used are the very same images that appear on N173 Old Judge cabinet cards issued in 1888. In the early days of the organized hobby, collectors often misidentified these displays as uncut sheets of N173 Old Judges. In fact, they are produced by a very different means: the images are printed directly onto the displays as opposed to being original photographs mounted. They are very old but do not date from the 1880s. We believe that these "N173 Displays" actually date from 1926, and were made as decorative pieces for display at the 50th anniversary celebration of the National League. We have seen approximately ten different displays over the years, including one featuring the Washington Nationals that appeared as Lot 1000 in our April 2006 auction (realized $812). Each display is printed on thick cardboard stock and measures 27.5 x 18.5 inches. In our listing, we have noted the names for each of the identified players pictured. 1) New York Knickerbockers. Nine players, including Ward, Tiernan, Brown, Foster, Richardson, and Murphy. 2) St. Louis Browns. Nine players: Comiskey, Robinson, Hudson, Latham, Milligan, McCarthy, Devlin, Duffe, and Chamberlain. 3) Indianapolis Indians. Nine players, including Bogart, Moffet, and Hines. 4) Managers and "Mound Artists." Ten individuals, including H. Wright, Mutrie, McGunnigle, Watkins, M. Welch, Sanders, Sprague, and Ferguson. All of the displays show moderate toning and/or light staining, as well as light creasing, along the border areas. Each display has four tack holes (one in each corner), with the exception of the Knickerbockers. In Very Good condition overall; however, it should be noted that most of the flaws in each piece can be easily matted out and the central image areas are Excellent in their overall appearance. Total: 4 displays. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440

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