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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Minor Leaguer Collection (60)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,480.00
Offered is an amazing collection of sixty N172 Old Judges, comprised exclusively of minor-league ball players. (The Major League players are being offered as a separate lot in this auction.) Issued by Goodwin & Company from 1887 to 1890, N172 Old Judges are universally recognized as the premier nineteenth-century baseball card set. This uncommonly large collection includes many scarce and rare cards (including three Chicago Maroons). Old Judges have always been appreciated for their great historical significance as the first major baseball-card set. In the "old days" it was possible to find these classics at shows, in auctions, and sometimes even at flea markets. As any collector of vintage cards can attest, these days Old Judges have virtually disappeared from the collecting landscape. Old Judges rarely surface today in any quantity and the offering of even a few cards makes serious collectors take note. Cards are usually offered individually, and "commons" can bring prices which just a few short years ago would have been thought appropriate only for Hall of Famers. The sixty cards in this lot are an advanced collection unto themselves, and included are cards which will enhance virtually any world-class Old Judge collection, of which there are few. Condition: With reference to condition, collectors tend to be much more forgiving with Old Judges than with other vintage cards, let alone more recent issues. The condition of the cards in this collection spans all grades. An approximate breakdown follows: 45% range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 42% range from Pr to Gd, and 13% would grade only Authentic due to severe miscuts or obvious rebacking. All of the grades in the preceding composite are without reference to reverse flaws in the form of notations, scrapbook paper attached, light paper loss, or glue marks, which affect a very large percentage of the blank backs and are so common and standard for Old Judges. There are so many cases when an Old Judge is technically in very low grade but is considered a far superior card than a high-grade example in terms of eye-appeal and desirability by many collectors. In the old days, advanced collectors weren't concerned at all about whether there was glue, a little scrapbook paper, an ink stamp, or pencil notations on the backs of Old Judges. Just to have the card, hopefully with a quality image, was the whole point. Most, if not all, collectors interested in collecting the entire Old Judge set today feel similarly. The collection consists of the following (organized by team): Burlington Babies (1 card): #347-2 Nyce. Chicago Maroons (3 cards): #98-4 Crogan, 139-3 Dunn, and 391-5 Rooks. Denver Grizzlies/Mountaineers (2 cards): #113-2 Dalrymple and 318-4 McQuaid. Des Moines Prohibitionists (9 cards): #47-4 Brynan, 87-1 Connell, 145-3 Emmerke, 215-2 Hart, 259-1 Kennedy, 287-6 Macullar (misidentified as Maskrey), 295-1 Maskrey (misidentified as Macullar), 362-5 Patton, and 424-2 Smith. Detroit Wolverines - IA (1 card): #62-4 Campau. Kansas City Blues (1 card): #205-1 Gunson. Milwaukee Brewers/Creams (5 cards): #281-1 Lowe, 401-3 Schenkel, 402-1 Schildknecht, 402-2 Schildknecht, and 488-1 Wells. Minneapolis Millers (9 cards): #115-2 Daly, 136-3 Dugsdale, 137-3 Duke, 213-5 Hanrahan, 308-3 McCullum, 327-2 Minnehan, 439-5 Sterling, 474-3 Vinton, and 490-3 West. Newark Little Giants (1 card): #413-2 Shaw. Omaha Omahogs (3 cards): #99-4 Crooks, 322-2 Messitt, and 442-3 Straus. Rochester Jingoes (1 card): #460-4 Toole. Sioux City Corn Huskers (5 cards): #54-2 Burks, 81-1 Cline, 221-4 Hellman, 241-4 Hungler, and 373-2 Powell. St. Joseph Clay Eaters (4 cards): #12-2 Ardner, 70-1 Cartwright, 266-2 Knell, and 289-1 Mahoney. St. Louis Whites (5 cards): #51-5 Burch, 64-3 Cantz, 64-4 Cantz, 225-1 Herr, and 226-3 Hines. St. Paul Apostles (5 cards): #68-2 Carroll, 152-3 Farmer, 333-1 Murphy, 369-3 Pickett, and 489-3 Werrick. Toledo Black Pirates (1 card): #470-1 Van Dyke. Western Association Umpire (2 cards): #255-3 Kelly and 255-4 Kelly (with Powell). Worcester Grays (2 cards): #10-1 Annis and 89-1 Conway. Groupings of this magnitude are not often encountered which makes this collection more noteworthy than one of similar size from other classic sets. This collection represents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire sixty different cards from the highly desirable N172 Old Judge set. Total: 60 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $9,480.00
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