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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (62) - Newly Discovered
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $15,275
Collection of sixty-two N172 Old Judges including forty cards ranging from Good to Vg condition (with a few Vg-Ex), fifteen cards in slightly lesser grades (mostly Fair), and seven cards clipped on the bottom (still nice-looking cards). This is a newly discovered original-owner collection that has been saved in the same family since the 1880s. The collection is highlighted by Hall of Famer Roger Connor, a portrait card of Barkley (Pittsburgh), and, perhaps most significant, a particularly rare N172 of James McCormick, Chicago (Vg). McCormick is listed in the comprehensive Old Judge book as one of the twenty-eight cards formally identified as "Scarce Cards" and is a true rarity among Old Judges. We have selected twelve cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. A complete listing of the cards follows: Arundel (Indianapolis), Baldwin (Chicago), Barkley (portrait, Pittsburgh, SGC GOOD 30), Bastian (Chicago), Boyle (Indianapolis), Brown (Pittsburgh), Burns tagging player (Chicago), Cahill (Indianapolis), Carroll (Washington), Carroll (Pittsburgh, SGC VG/EX 50), Casey (Philadelphia), Connor (HOF, NY, SGC GOOD 30), Cross (Philadelphia, SGC GOOD 30), Cunningham (1888 copyright, Baltimore), Curtis (1889 copyright, St. Joseph), Dalrymple (Pittsburgh), Daly (Chicago), three Darling (two different poses, Chicago), Dwyer (1888 copyright, Chicago), Farrar (Philadelphia, SGC VG/EX 50), Farrell (1888 copyright, Baltimore), two Farrell (same pose, Chicago), Fields (Pittsburgh), Fogarty (Philadelphia), Foutz, (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), Fry (St. Joseph), Gillespie (NY), Gilligan (Washington), Glasscock (Indianapolis), Goodfellow (Cleveland), Harkins (1888 copyright, Baltimore), Healey (Indianapolis), two Krock (two different poses, 1888 copyright, Chicago), Leighton (1889 copyright, Omaha), Mahoney (1888 copyright, St. Joseph), Mattimore (NY, SGC FAIR 20), Mays (1889 copyright, Columbus), McCormick (Chicago, SGC VG 40), McGeachy (Indianapolis), McGuire (Philadelphia), Murray (1888 copyright, Washington, SGC FAIR 20), Myers (Indianapolis), Patton (1888 copyright, Des Moines, SGC GOOD 30), Poorman (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), Richardson (1888 copyright, NY), Robinson (Minneapolis, SGC FAIR 20), Seery (Indianapolis), Shaw (Baltimore, SGC GOOD 30), Smith (Philadelphia), Smith (Pittsburg), Somers (1888 copyright, St. Louis), Swartzel (1888 copyright, KC), Van Haltren (Chicago, SGC VG/EX 50), Visner (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), Wheelock (Boston), Whitney (St Joseph), Williamson (Chicago), and Wood (Philadelphia). Collections of N172s that are new to the modern collecting world are few and far between at this late date. This is a fairly clean and sizable group of Old Judges that has been in a closet untouched for decades. Total 62 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275
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