1887-1888 N172 Old Judge SGC-Graded Hall of Famer Collection (6)

Sold For: $3,231

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 75

Item Year: 1887

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

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Collection of six Hall of Famers from the N172 Old Judge series, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (unless otherwise noted): 1) Dan Brouthers/Boston (VG/EX 50). “1st B., Bostons,” batting pose, strong image for an N172 with a red hue (bat at ready, looking to right). Centered to the top, with light wear on the corners, very minor edge chipping on the lower left and right edges. The blank reverse is exceptionally clean. 2) Dan Brouthers/Boston (GAI Good 2). Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers, 1887, with team identified as “1st B., Bostons,” batting pose (bat at ready, looking to right). The image is quite light, but this is still a very presentable low-grade card featuring one of baseball’s key Hall of Famers from the nineteenth century. 3) Commy Comiskey (PSA GOOD 2 [MK]). Attractive low-grade example of Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey, the key card from the classic 1886 Brownies Champs set which features portraits of the stars from this legendary Championship team. Charles Comiskey is the only Hall of Famer in this highly sought-after Old Judge subset. This example has no creases and heavily rounded corners. The reverse has pencil marks and the initials “B.N.” in blue ink. The "Brownie Champs" set has always been among the most distinctive and popular of all Old Judges and Comiskey is unquestionably the key card in the series. 4) Charles Comiskey (GOOD 30). Great looking technically low-grade card. Outstanding contrast. This card features a very unusual and striking sliding pose presented on a vertically designed card. The card has evenly rounded corners, two black ink marks in the background, and a heavy diagonal crease. The blank reverse has some light soiling. 5) Buck Ewing (VG/EX 50). Throwing pose (right hand waist high, "Ewing, Captain, New Yorks"). The card has light wear on the corners and, as is often the case with Old Judges, the picture is a little light. The blank reverse has some light soiling. 6) Tim Keefe and Richardson Stealing 2nd (SGC FAIR 20). Strong Vg-Ex appearance; very clean and attractive example downgraded due to tape and glue residue on the back. Rare double-player pose N172 example featuring Hall of Famer Tim Keefe fielding the ball and Danny Richardson sliding. There are only twenty-two different double-player poses in the Old Judge set. This is one of the most desirable of the popular double-player pose cards, and one of the few to include a Hall of Famer. This collection represents a tremendous opportunity to acquire a group of key Old Judge Hall of Famers at a fraction of what higher-graded examples would cost. Total 6 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,231

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