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1890 N172 Old Judge Cap Anson, Chicagos (NL) - Portrait - Extremely Rare Variation
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $3,900
Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. This is the only N172 Cap Anson (of any year) graded at this level by SGC, with only one graded higher. While Cap Anson is always, of course, a very desirable Old Judge Hall of Famer, this is a far rarer and more significant example than is apparent at a glance. The "NL" designation following "Chicagos," which is so unusual and rarely seen, identifies this card as being one of the much scarcer Old Judges issued in 1890. All 1890 Old Judges are rare, and all suffer from very poor contrast. The contrast on this example, while not strong compared to many N172s from earlier years, is actually fairly strong compared to most 1890 Old Judges. The card is bright and perfectly clean, both front and back, with just a touch of wear to the very sharp corners. This card appeared in REA's 2006 auction as Lot #117 where it realized $8,120. It has been consigned directly from the buyer at that auction. This is an extremely rare style of one of the most important cards in the Old Judge series. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $3,900
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