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1890 N172 Old Judge Charles Comiskey, Chicago (Players League)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,528
Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Presented is one of N172 Old Judge's greatest rarities: the 1890 Players League designation card featuring the legendary Charles Comiskey with Chicago of the short-lived Players League. All 1890 Players League cards are extremely rare. Charles Comiskey is one of only several 1890 Old Judge Players League Hall of Famers known and this example has the added bonus of a huge "PL" in the card design in the lower left clearly identifying it as an 1890 Players League card. (N172 Comiskey Players League cards come with and without the "PL." We believe this is the much rarer of the two styles we have seen. This is the first example we have seen with the large "PL" designation as part of the design of the card.) This card has light wear on the corners, a heavy horizontal crease through his chest, a small area of surface chipping on the left border and, as is often the case with Old Judges, the contrast is a little light, but is relatively strong for an N172 1890 Players League card. The 1890 Old Judge cards are particularly notorious for having extremely poor photo contrast. The reverse has back damage from scrapbook removal. After leading St. Louis to three consecutive World's Championships (1886, 1887, and 1888), Comiskey was one of the great stars of the game who jumped to the renegade Players League. When the Players League folded after a single season, Comiskey returned to St. Louis of the American Association in 1891. This is a very significant and extremely rare Old Judge of "The Old Roman" as a player, issued during one of nineteenth-century baseball's most turbulent periods, featuring him with Chicago of the Players League. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528
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