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1890 N172 Old Judge Buck Ewing/Mascot, New York (Players' League)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,740.00
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Presented is one of the rarest of all N172 Old Judges: the 1890 Players' League designation card featuring Buck Ewing and the mascot with New York of the short-lived Players' League. This is one of only several known examples of this significant rarity. The fact that Buck Ewing was one of the great stars of the Players' League, who led the New York franchise as both star player and manager, makes this card all the more noteworthy. All 1890 Players' League cards are extremely rare. Buck Ewing is one of only several Hall of Famers in the 1890 Old Judge “Players' League” subset. This is only the second example of this card that we have ever seen. The image quality on 1890 Old Judges is almost always a little weak. The photo quality on this example is reasonably strong and above average for an 1890 Old Judge. This is an exceptional example. The card has four strong corners with a perfectly clean front free of any surface chipping, and is centered to the left. The blank reverse is entirely clean and free of any album residue or writing, both very common among nineteenth-century cards. A very faint vertical crease is visible under close examination but can barely be seen at all from the front. The card presents as Excellent at first glance. When the Players' League folded after a single season, Ewing returned to New York of the National League in 1891. The 1890 New York, Players' League designation card of Buck Ewing is one of the great team-change rarities of the entire Old Judge set. The only other example of this important N172 Players League rarity that we have ever offered was an example graded Fair by SGC (REA May 2007 auction, Lot 24), which sold for $2,937. The offered card is a far superior example of this important N172 Hall of Famer rarity, which also happens to feature one of the most interesting and well-known poses in the entire Old Judge set. This is a very significant card of one of nineteenth-century baseball’s most celebrated stars, featuring him with New York of the Players' League. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+++. SOLD FOR $4,740.00
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