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1888 N172 Old Judge Ned Williamson and Mascot - Extreme Rarity!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,000
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. 1888 N172 Old Judge card featuring one of the most unusual and memorable images to ever appear on a baseball card: Chicago star player Ned Williamson and the Chicago White Stockings mascot, Willie Hahm (#502-7 pose). The pose of this card makes it one of the most interesting images to appear in the Old Judge set. The youngster is dressed in a miniature Chicago White Stockings uniform, identical in every detail to those worn by the players. The mascot was even popular enough to warrant his own card in the N172 Old Judge set! In addition to being appreciated for its noteworthy image, this card has been revered for decades by advanced N172 collectors for its extreme rarity. This is an extraordinarily rare card in the Old Judge set. In fact, this is only the second example (in any grade) we can ever recall offering. This is a very attractive example of one of the N172 Old Judge set's most interesting rarities. The card displays reasonably strong photo contrast, even rounding to the corners, and excellent centering. There is a very tiny, almost unnoticeable, surface chip near Williamson's knee that we mention strictly for the sake of accuracy. The blank reverse displays some staining and light surface wear, both of which "come with the territory" when collecting nineteenth-century cards, which were so often housed in scrapbooks and albums. This is an extremely rare example of one of the most unusual and memorable of all nineteenth-century cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.SOLD FOR $3,000
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