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Lot # 49 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (163)

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $29,625.00

Offered is an amazing collection of 163 different N172 Old Judges, comprised exclusively of Major League ball players. (The minor-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 boasts several scarcities and stars, including Hall of Famers John Ward and Hoss Radbourn. 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 163 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 other vintage cards, let alone more recent issues. The condition of the cards in this collection spans all grades. An approximate breakdown follows: 49% range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 28% range from Pr to Gd, and 23% 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 assembling the entire Old Judge set today feel similarly. The collection consists of the following (organized by team): Baltimore Orioles (5 cards): #175-6 Fulmer/Tucker, 198-4 Greenwood, 200-1 Griffin, 464-2 Trott, and 465-1 Tucker. Boston Beaneaters (10 cards): #27-1 Bennett, 53-5 Burdock, 111-1 Daley, 329-1 Morrill, 340-1 Nash/Radbourn (HOF), 431-2 Sowders, 431-7 Sowders, 437-3 Stemmeyer, 452-2 Tate, and 506-3 Wise. Brooklyn Bridgegrooms/Grays (10 cards): #51-7 Burch, 76-6 Clark/Hughes, 230-3 Holbert, 280-2 Lovett, 320-1 McTamany, 363-1 Peeples, 372-3 Porter, 425-1 Smith, 449-2 Swartwood, and 455-5 Terry. Chicago White Stockings (15 cards): #15-6 Baldwin, 59-1 Burns, 59-2 Burns, 77-5 Clarke, 117-4 Darling, 141-3 Dwyer, 182-2 Geiss, 203-1 Gumbert, 242-3 Hutchinson, 433-4 Sprague, 444-2 Sullivan, 446-2 Sunday, 471-3 Van Haltren, 502-2 Williamson, and 502-6 Williamson. Cincinnati Red Stockings (4 cards): #66-3 Carpenter, 140-3 Duryea, 156-2 Fennelly, and 473-4 Viau. Cleveland Blues/Spiders (10 cards): #14-2 Bakley, 150-2 Faatz, 202-1 Gruber, 236-2 Hotaling, 300-3 McAleer, 311-3 McGlone, 314-4 McKean, 443-3 Stricker, 453-4 Tebeau, and 468-1 Twitchell. Columbus Solons (8 cards): #110-3 Dailey, 147-3 Esterday, 181-3 Gastreich, 293-2 Marr, 320-2 McTamany, 360-4 Orr, 363-2 Peeples, and 492-1 Weyhing. Detroit Wolverines (6 cards): #179-1 Ganzel, 384-1 Richardson, 384-3 Richardson, 394-2 Rowe, 468-3 Twitchell, and 483-2 Weidman. Indianapolis Hoosiers (11 cards): #22-2 Bassett, 36-3 Boyle, 52-3 Burdick, 186-4 Getzein, 218-1 Healy, 227-1 Hines, 310-3 McGeachy, 337-1 Myers, 406-2 Seery, 417-1 Shomberg, 498-3 Whitney. Kansas City Cowboys (10 cards): #4-1 Allen, 116-1 Daniels, 128-4 Donahue, 278-4 Long, 292-3 Manning, 309-4 McGarr, 369-2 Pickett, 372-4 Porter, 432-3 Sowders, and 436-1 Stearns. Louisville Colonels (4 cards): #441-1 Stratton, 459-1 Tomney, 472-3 Vaughn (noted as "very scarce" in the comprehensive Old Judge book), and 489-4 Werrick. New York Giants (16 cards): #45-3 Brown, 84-4 Collins, 84-7 Collins, 121-1 Deasley, 124-2 Denny (rebacked, 1890 NL), 146-2 Esterbrook, 184-5 George, 188-1 Gillespie, 294-1 Mascot (rebacked, noted as "very scarce" in the comprehensive Old Judge book), 297-9 Mattimore, 334-2 Murphy, 457-1 Tiernan, 458-2 Titcomb, 458-3 Titcomb, 478-9 John Ward (HOF, rebacked), and 499-2 Whitney. Philadelphia Athletics (9 cards): #28-5 Bierbauer/Gamble, 178-1 Gamble, 297-3 Mattimore, 408-1 Seward, 440-7 Stovey, 445-1 Sullivan, 461-2 Townsend, 494-2 Whitacre, and 485-7 Welch/Gleason. Philadelphia Quakers (12 cards): #110-2 Dailey, 122-1 Decker, 122-5 Decker, 157-2 Ferguson, 165-1 Fogarty, 180-2 Gardner, 192-3 Gleason, 204-2 Gunning, 332-3 Mulvey, 398-2 Sanders, 405-1 Schriver, and 509-4 Wood. Pittsburgh Alleghenys (12 cards): #5-1 Allen, 113-3 Dalrymple, 152-1 Farmer, 275-2 Lauer, 315-3 McKinnon, 323-1 Miller, 323-2 Miller, 330-3 Morris, 343-1 Nichols, 435-1 Staley, 435-3 Staley, and 499-2 Whitney. St. Louis Browns (10 cards): #73-4 Chamberlain, 125-2 Devlin, 126-3 Dolan, 134-2 Duffe, 134-4 Duffe, 239-5 Hudson, 274-4 Latham, 325-4 Milligan, 356-10 O'Neill, and 390-6 Robinson. Umpire (1 card): #319-1 McQuaid. Washington Nationals (10 cards): #33-1 Boyce, 67-2 Carroll, 75-3 Clark, 129-3 Donnelly, 189-1 Gilligan, 189-2 Gilligan, 227-2 Hines, 338-1 Myers, 338-3 Myers, and 350-1 O'Brien. Groupings of this magnitude are not often encountered, which makes this a more noteworthy collection than one of similar size from other classic sets. This collection represents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire 163 different cards from the highly desirable N172 Old Judge Set. Total: 163 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $29,625.00


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