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Lot # 53 (53 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Remarkable 1889 N172 Old Judge Ed Delahanty Rookie Card - Ex-Richard Egan Collection!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $30,000

Presented is an almost-beyond-words stunning example of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty (pose #123-1) from the legendary N172 Old Judge set. This is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive and remarkable Old Judge cards of any player in existence. The fact that it features legendary Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty makes it of particularly special note, far and above its obvious extraordinary visual appeal. As can easily be seen, this card possesses a tremendous and simply unparalleled photo contrast. Old Judges, of course, normally don't look like this! This card is an example of the ideal N172 Old Judge in terms of condition and photo contrast, of which few very exist. Ed Delahanty is not only one of the most prominent of all nineteenth-century Hall of Famers, he is also one of the most desirable and rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers. All five poses of Ed Delahanty in Old Judge were issued only in 1889, a particularly scarce year compared to 1887 and 1888, no doubt contributing to Delahanty's significant rarity. While this card features Delahanty with the Philadelphia Phillies in his second year in the Majors, it is the first of his few baseball cards ever issued, and as such is also recognized as Delahanty's rookie card. Graded EX-MT 6 (MK) by PSA, this example is extraordinary in all respects. It is perfectly clean, with four square corners and perfect centering. The photo contrast, as noted, is flawless, literally the finest we have ever seen on an Old Judge card. One can actually see the whites of Delahanty's eyes! There is a very faint extremely thin diagonal surface imperfection visible under close inspection that, in our opinion, is the result of the photograph being applied on top of something resting on the thick cardboard stock (perhaps a thread). This does nothing to detract from the incredible visual appeal of this card and is mentioned strictly for the sake of extreme accuracy. The blank reverse is entirely clean except for neat ink notations, which read "Goodwin/List 6/G58-9-6/D-42-a/"c"." While writing and other imperfections are accepted flaws common to nineteenth-century cards in general, especially N172 Old Judges, the writing on the reverse of this card might actually be viewed as a positive by some collectors as it has a very special historical significance: this card was once a part of the personal collection of legendary hobby pioneer Richard Egan, author of the The Handbook to US Early Candy and Gum Baseball Issues (1969). The writing on the back is N172 checklist notations penned in the hand of Richard Egan! The appeal of any Old Judge card (or any card for that matter) is naturally subjective, but in our opinion this is perhaps the most attractive N172 Old Judge of Ed Delahanty in existence! Value is also always subjective. This card was last sold at Goodwin Auctions in June 2011, at that time realizing $30,851, and has been consigned to this auction directly from the original buyer. It is an extraordinary world-class example of one of the key nineteenth-century and Old Judge Hall of Famer rarities and would be a significant highlight in even the most advanced Old Judge, nineteenth-century, or Hall of Famer card collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $30,000

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