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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge SGC-Graded Collection Including Clarkson (20)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $6,462.50
Collection of twenty different N172 Old Judge series cards, highlighted by Hall of Famers Dan Brouthers, John Clarkson, and Commy Comiskey. This is great-looking group of Old Judges, many with exceptionally strong, bold images. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (unless otherwise noted): 1) Dan Brouthers/Boston (GAI Good 2). Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers, 1887, with team identified as “1st B., Bostons,” batting pose (bat at ready, looking to right). The image is quite light, but this is still a very presentable card featuring one of baseball’s key Hall of Famers from the nineteenth century. 2) John Clarkson/Chicago (EX 60). Hall of Famer John Clarkson, 1887, with team identified as "Chicago," pitching pose (right arm horizontal, left hand clear of thigh). Clean both front and back, with a crystal clear image and excellent contrast. This card has virtually no top border and a slight tilt to the picture. Though slightly overgraded by SGC in our opinion due to centering, this is a very attractive solid Vg-Ex example of one of the nineteenth century's key Hall of Famers. 3) Commy Comiskey (PSA GOOD 2 [MK]). Very attractive low-grade example of Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey, the key card from the classic 1886 Brownies Champs set which features portraits of the stars from this legendary Championship team. Charles Comiskey is the only Hall of Famer in this highly sought-after Old Judge subset. This example has no creases and heavily rounded corners. The reverse has pencil marks and the initials “B.N.” in blue ink. The "Brownie Champs" set has always been among the most distinctive and popular of all Old Judges and Comiskey is unquestionably the key card in the series. The balance of the cards consists of the following: Two VG/EX 50: Mann (St. Louis, it is interesting to note he never played for St. Louis) and Schriver (Phil, 1888 copyright). Five GOOD 30: Dealey (Wash), Farrar (Phil), Miller (Pitt), Radford (Bklyn), and Stemmeyer (Boston). Four FAIR 20: Boyle (St. Louis), Clements (Phil), Farmer (Pitt, 1888 copyright), and Hart (Des Moines, 1889 copyright). Five POOR 10: Burdock (Boston), Daley (Boston), Fagan (KC, 1888 copyright), Johnston (Boston), and Phillips (Bklyn, large photo). One Auth: Sutton (Boston). Many collectors assume that Old Judges are only possible to collect with a huge budget, but occasionally small groups of very respectable mid-grade examples are available. This is a very substantial small group of mid- to low-grade cards from the most important set of the nineteenth century, highlighted by a couple much stronger examples, and key Hall of Famers Brouthers, Clarkson, and Comiskey. Also included in the lot is an 1888 WG1 Game card of Hall of Fame catcher James O’Rourke (technically in Poor condition due to multiple creases but with great eye-appeal). Total 21 cards (20 N172 Old Judges and one WG1). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $6,462.50
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