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Lot # 75 (75 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1888 N172 Old Judge Mickey Welch

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960

Presented is an extraordinarily attractive 1888 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer “Smiling” Mickey Welch of the New York Giants (pose #486-2). This card has tremendous photo quality, superb clarity (among the strongest we can ever recall seeing on a Welch), and a flawless surface. Fresh and crisp. This is an outstanding card! Do not be fooled by the modest SGC assigned grade of POOR 10! The card is downgraded due to evidence of album removal on the blank reverse. This type of flaw practically "comes with the territory" for most Old Judges, and advanced collectors concern themselves more with the image quality when assessing the desirability of a given card. This is a very high quality example of Hall of Famer "Smiling" Mickey Welch, one of the most legendary Hall of Fame pitchers of the nineteenth century. Welch was the Major League's third 300-game winner. During his thirteen Major League seasons, he won twenty or more games nine times, including seven straight years. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960

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