Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Extremely attractive N172 Old Judge baseball card featuring Arthur Irwin of the Philadelphia A's in a striking portrait pose (#244-1). There are very few portraits in the N172 Old Judge series (a total of only thirty-nine portrait poses featuring thirty different subjects, including many rarities). This example is bright and crisp, both front and back, with a flawless portrait image, superb contrast, light wear on the corners, and centering slightly to the right. There are several tiny spots of residue in the lower right corner and two additional spots in the middle of the left border. Upon close inspection there is a light surface wrinkle on the top portion of the left boder and also two surface abrasions to the right and left of Irwin's head. The blank reverse is perfectly clean (with a few minor age spots, of no consequence). This is an extremely attractive N172 portrait pose. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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