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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection Including Two Hank O'Day (49)
Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $8,295
Outstanding collection of forty-nine N172 Old Judges, highlighted by two different poses of Hall of Famer Hank O'Day. Issued by Goodwin & Company from 1887 to 1890, N172 Old Judges are universally recognized as the premier nineteenth-century baseball-card set. 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. In modern times, they rarely surface in quantity and the offering of a small lot, or even a few high-quality cards, makes serious collectors take note. These days, N172 Old Judges are often offered individually, and even "commons" can sometimes bring prices which just a few short years ago would have been thought appropriate only for Hall of Famers. The forty-nine cards in this lot are a substantial collection unto themselves. 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. Approximately 75% of the cards grade Vg to Vg-Ex with 25% grading lesser (mostly Fr to Gd). All of the grades in the preceding composite are without reference to reverse flaws in the form of notations, adhered scrapbook paper, 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 obtaining the entire Old Judge set today feel similarly. In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist. This collection consists of the following: #72-1 Casey, 79-1 Clements, 110-2 Dailey (Phila), 121-5 Deasley (NY), 137-1 Duke, 146-7 Esterbrook, 158-5 Ferson, 175-4 Fulmer, 188-5 Gillespie, 192-3 Gleason, 202-3 Gruber, 206-1 Haddock, 214-3 Harkins, 239-2 Hudson, 248-2 Johnston, 260-3 Kenyon, 263-2 King, 271-4 Kuehne, 276-2 Leighton, 288-2 Madden, 288-3 Madden, 289-1 Mahoney, 298-7 Maul, 315-2 McKinnon, 334-2 Murphy, 338-5 Myers, 347-1 Nyce, 348-4 Oberlander, 352-1 O'Brien, 355-1 Hank O'Day (HOF, Ex front with paper loss and album residue on the reverse), 355-3 Hank O'Day (HOF, Fr), 359-4 O'Rourke, 361-1 Parsons, 366-2 Pfeffer, 374-4 Purcell, 387-4 Roach, 398-2 Sanders, 420-4 Slattery, 423-2 Smith, 426-2 Smith, 426-3 Smith (Pitt), 437-4 Stemmeyer, 457-6 Tiernan, 460-2 Toole (Bklyn), 475-1 Visner, 495-4 Whitaker, 499-2 Whitney (Pitt), 502-3 Williamson, and 502-4 Williamson. This is an exceptional collection of forty-nine cards from the legendary N172 Old Judge set with two notable cards of Hall of Famer Hank O'Day. Total: 49 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $8,295
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