1887-1888 N172 Old Judge Hall of Famer Graded Collection (5)

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 55

Item Year: 1887

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

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Collection of five key Hall of Famers from the N172 Old Judge series, each graded and encapsulated by PSA or SGC. 1) Amos Rusie (pitching pose, right hand head high, "Rusie, P., Indianapolis" - PSA EX-MT 6). One of the rarest of all N172 Hall of Famers. In fact, Rusie is listed as the third rarest of all Hall of Famers in the Old Judge Book ( The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company 1886-1890 by Jay Miller Joe Gonsowski and Richard Masson, published 2008). Extremely highly graded PSA example. The corners are sharp and the back is very clean. The photo quality is light as is often the case with Rusie. This is a great card but in our opinion has been graded too generously. The tiny chip of paper loss on the lower right edge and some soiling on the front, in our opinion, should have kept this card at a lower PSA grade. 2) Hugh Duffy (batting pose, "H. Duffy, S.S., Chicagos" - SGC EX 60). Very clean example of Duffy from his rookie season with an 1888 copyright date. The photo is light, no creases, even corner wear. 3) Ned Hanlon (fielding pose, Detroits – PSA VG-EX 4). Superb photo quality! There is a tiny corner crease in the lower left, a slight darkening along the extreme right, and a very light stain on the reverse. We would grade this card slightly lower than the assigned PSA grade, but it is still an outstanding example of a particularly rare N172 Hall of Famer. 4) Tommy McCarthy (throwing pose, "2d B. Phila." – SGC VG 40). Clean both front and back, with a crystal-clear image and excellent contrast. Only some light surface creases on the back keep this card from a higher grade. This is a very attractive example with an Excellent appearance. 5) Kid Nichols (batting pose, looking at camera, "Omaha" – PSA PR-FR 1). Nichols is, without question, one of the rarest of all N172 Hall of Famers. All 1889 copyright dated Old Judges are very scarce, and are often found with poor photo quality (as is the case with this example). Nichols was only issued in 1889. This is a very presentable example of this significant N172 Hall of Famer rarity. This is an extremely impressive collection of mid-grade N172 Old Judge Hall of Famers. Total 5 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $5,875

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