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1887 N172 Old Judge Pud Galvin
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,644
Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Exceptionally striking 1887 N172 Old Judge card of Hall of Famer Pud Galvin (bat in hand at side, “Galvin, P. Pittsburg”) with an extremely bold image. We don't have to tell Old Judge collectors that the SGC or PSA assigned grade is not always the best indicator of how desirable an Old Judge card is, and this card is a perfect example to illustrate this point. The extremely harsh SGC grade on this card is due to glue residue and paper loss (from scrapbook removal long ago) on the blank reverse. Without reference to the reverse back damage (which is very common with Old Judges), the card is in Ex condition and, most important (as can easily be seen), this card has simply outstanding eye appeal, with flawless contrast. A light crease is visible from the reverse only, and the centering is towards the top right. Galvin retired as one of baseball's all-time pitching leaders in wins (sixth), losses (second), complete games (639, second), innings pitched (second), and shutouts (57, tied for tenth). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1965. This is a very striking example of one of Galvin's most impressive cards, and one of the most desirable Hall of Famer poses in the Old Judge set. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,644
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