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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Card Collection Including N300 John Ward (62)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,819
Collection of twenty-five classic nineteenth-century tobacco cards (twenty-three N172 and two N300), mostly low-grade (most ranging from Fair to Good, but also including a few slightly better), including Hall of Famer John Ward, plus an 1884 Lawson's Playing Card set in Excellent condition (37 playing cards) for a total of 62 cards. 1) 1887-1888 N172 Old Judge (23 cards): Albert (Cleveland), Annis (Omaha), Baldwin (Chicago), Bastian (Chicago), Boyle (Indianapolis), Clarke (Omaha), Cross (Louisville), Crowell (Cleveland), Dailey (Philadelphia), Daly (Chicago), Darling (Chicago), Donohue ("spotted tie," Old Judge ad at bottom clipped), Duryea (Cincinnati), Esterbrook (NY), two Farrar (Philadelphia), Farrell (Washington), Flint (Chicago), George (NY), Gleason (Philadelphia), Madden (Boston), McGeachy (Indianapolis), and Roach (NY). This collection of twenty-three N172 Old Judge cards, as noted, is overall in low grade (includes a few slightly better). Though these cards have numerous flaws, they still represent an impressive selection from the most popular set of the era. 2) 1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug (2 cards): Jimmy Bannon (the back has been skinned) and John Ward (poor condition but still a very presentable low-grade example. This is an especially fascinating card in that this example lists Ward as "John Ward: Retired." When Ward's card was first issued by Mayo, it listed him as "John Ward: 2nd B.," but when he retired prior to the 1895 season, Mayo changed Ward's position status from "Second Base" to "Retired"). 3) 1884 Lawson's Base Ball Game Playing Card Set (37 cards): Issued in 1884 by the Lawson Card Company of Boston, Massachusetts, the Lawson's Playing Card set features thirty-six cards with extremely striking baseball-related designs. Complete 36-card standard edition Lawson's set in Excellent condition, still housed in its original thin cardboard packaging (top flap is detached but box still displays beautifully). Also included is the "Value of Cards" card. The backs feature a very attractive baseball scene in blue and white. Interesting collection of nineteenth-century baseball cards. Total 62 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,819
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