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1887 N172 Old Judge Pete Browning
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Graded EX 5 (MK) by PSA. 1887 N172 Old Judge of the original "Louisville Slugger," Pete Browning. Browning was the player for whom Louisville furniture-maker Hillerich & Bradsby (then called the "J. F. Hillerich Company") first produced a bat, when one of Browning's favorite bats broke in a game. Ever since, Browning has always been closely associated with Hillerich & Bradsby, and the "Louisville Slugger" brand is named after Browning. One of the nineteenth century's most colorful characters, Browning was perhaps as well known for his eccentric personality and legendary drinking problem as for his .343 lifetime batting average. His impressive stats and impact on the game in Louisville makes him one of the most promising potential Hall of Famers among significant players from the early days of the game who have yet to be elected. The card has a slight red tint, excellent contrast, no creases, and very little corner wear. PSA has added an "MK" qualifier to the EX 5 grade due to some pencil markings on the reverse (possibly a name) which has long ago been erased and is barely detectable even under close scrutiny. Solid Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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