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Extremely Rare 1888 N172 Old Judge: #108-4 Tony Cusick
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,555
This N172 Old Judge of Tony Cusick (pose #108-4) is distinguished not for its condition but for its extreme rarity. This card has been separated from a small collection of Old Judges offered elsewhere in this auction, consigned by the family of an old-time collector, which by pure chance happened to include this rarity. According to the comprehensive book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) - referred to commonly as the "Old Judge Book," Cusick is the fifth rarest subject (outside of the virtually impossible eighteen California League cards) in the entire N172 set. Aside from the example used as an illustration in the "Old Judge Book," this is the first example we have ever seen of this card, which bears an 1888 copyright and depicts Cusick as a member of the Milwaukee team. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC due to missing pieces of the bottom two corners, the card displays strong photo contrast despite obvious condition flaws. Regardless of its condition, this card will be of special interest to extremely advanced Old Judge collectors. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,555
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