1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (163)

Sold For: $30,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 26

Item Year: 1887

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Offered is an amazing collection of 163 different N172 Old Judges, the majority of which present with outstanding photo contrast and image quality. 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. 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 with other vintage cards, let alone more recent issues. 5% of the cards grade Ex, 42% range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 40% grade lesser (mostly Gd), and 13% trimmed or rebacked. All the grades in the preceding composite are without reference to reverse flaws in the form of notations, ink stamps, 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 by collectors far superior to a high-grade example in terms of eye-appeal and desirability. 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. We submitted thirteen cards to PSA for professional grading, the grades of which can be seen in the accompanying scans. Two cards are graded Authentic: one because it displays an irregular cut (but no sign of alteration) and one due to evidence of trimming along the bottom border (this, too, could possibly be due to a factory irregularity). In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist. This collection consists of the following: Baltimore (1 card): 464-2 Trott. Boston (8 cards): 53-5 Burdock, 89-3 Conway, 235-5 Hornung, 288-4 Madden, 431-3 Sowders, 448-4 Sutton, 452-2 Tate, and 493-2 Wheelock. Brooklyn (8 cards): 71-5 Caruthers, 95-4 Corkhill, 199-3 Greer, 193-4 Gleason, 222-2 Henderson, 351-3 O'Brien, 372-3 Porter, and 425-1 Smith. Chicago (16 cards): 15-3 Baldwin, 47-1 Brynan, 59-1 Burns, 77-5 Clarke, 114-2 Daly, 117-4 Darling, 141-1 Dwyer, 155-4 C.A. Farrell, 163-5 Flint, 182-2 Geiss, 270-2 Krock, 396-5 Ryan, 433-7 Sprague, 444-4 Sullivan, 453-2 Tebeau, and 502-4 Williamson. Cincinnati (1 card): 140-3 Duryea. Cleveland (10 cards): 150-1 Faatz, 162-5 Flanigan, 187-4 Gilks, 202-3 Gruber, 236-2 Hotaling, 300-1 McAleer, 311-2 McGlone, 352-1 O'Brien, 443-3 Stricker, and 468-1 Twitchell. Columbus (4 cards): 31-5 Bligh, 147-3 Esterday, 181-2 Gastreich, and 293-2 Marr. Denver (1 card): 113-2 Dalrymple. Des Moines (5 cards): #3-2 Alexander, 145-1 Emmerke, 215-3 Hart, 287-6 Macullar, and 462-2 Traffley. Detroit (2 cards): 179-1 Ganzel and 483-3 Weidman. Indianapolis (6 cards): 36-1 Boyle, 49-3 Buckley, 218-1 Healy, 337-2 Myers, 406-3 Seery, and 418-2 Shreve. Kansas City (2 cards): 205-1 Gunson and 369-1 Pickett. Milwaukee (4 cards): 1-2 Albert, 225-1 Herr, 401-3 Schenkel, and 488-1 F. Wells. Minneapolis (4 cards): 41-4 Brosnan, 237-1 Howes, 327-2 Minnehan, and 467-2 Turner. New York (14 cards): 45-3 Brown, 84-5 Collins, 121-4 Deasley, 132-11 Dorgan, 184-5 George, 217-5 Hatfield, 297-11 Mattimore, 334-2 Murphy, 385-1 Richardson, 387-3 Roach, 420-1 Slattery, 457-1 Tiernan, 458-3 Titcomb, and 499-2 Whitney. Omaha (6 cards): #8-2 Andrews, 63-2 Canavan, 259-2 Kennedy, 276-5 Leighton, 339-4 Nagle, and 503-2 Willis. Philadelphia Quakers (14 cards): #9-1 Andrews, 23-1 Bastian, 79-2 Clements, 110-2 Dailey, 122-1 Decker, 157-2 Ferguson, 165-4 Fogarty, 204-2 Gunning, 209-2 Hallman, 244-8 Irwin, 332-3 Mulvey, 398-2 Sanders, 405-4 Schriver, and 509-1 P. Wood. Philadelphia Athletics (8 cards): 178-1 Gamble, 193-4 Gleason, 273-3 Larkin, 283-1 Lyons, 371-2 Poorman, 408-3 Seward, 485-5 C. Welch, and 494-2 Whitacre. Pittsburgh (6 cards): 271-5 Kuehne, 275-4 Lauer, 298-3 Maul, 315-3 McKinnon, 426-1 Smith, and 435-1 Staley. St. Louis Browns (10 cards): 35-4 Boyle, 73-3 Chamberlain, 125-2 Devlin, 134-4 Duffe, 174-3 Fuller, 239-5 Hudson, 267-4 Knouff, 325-1 Milligan, 356-10 O'Neil, and 390-6 Robinson. St. Louis Whites (7 cards): 64-4 Cantz, 99-3 Crooks, 226-3 Hines, 260-2 Kenyon, 305-1 McCormack, 345-4 Nicholson, and 434-2 Sproat. St. Joseph (4 cards): 106-3 Curtis, 266-4 Knell, 289-1 Mahoney, and 427-5 Smith. St. Paul (6 cards): 42-5 Broughton, 68-1 Carroll, 152-3 Farmer, 290-1 Maines, 333-1 Murphy, and 489-3 Werrick. Sioux City (6 cards): 54-2 Burks, 81-1 Cline, 183-2 Genins, 241-4 Hungler, 373-2 Powell, and 482-3 Weber. Toronto (1 card): 407-3 Serad. Washington (8 cards): 120-2 Dealey, 206-1 Haddock, 243-1 Irwin, 335-2 Murray, 338-3 Myers, 350-4 O'Brien, 416-1 Shoch, and 504-2 Wilmot. Team not visible (1 card): 250-2 Kappell (scratched out). Groupings of this magnitude are not often seen, 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.


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