Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. While John Pickett is a relatively common player in the Old Judge series, this is a far rarer and more significant example than is apparent at a glance. This is an 1890 Players League designation card! All 1890 Players League cards are extremely rare and very highly prized by serious nineteenth-century collectors. Only a few examples (in some cases only one) of any given Old Judge Players League card are known to exist. 1890 was the last year that Old Judge issued baseball cards (they did so in only very limited numbers) and that was also the only year of existence of the short-lived Players League. This is a very attractive example of this significant rarity. The card has evenly rounded corners and, as is often the case with Old Judges, the contrast is a little light, but is actually very strong for an N172 1890 Players League. The 1890 Old Judge cards are particularly notorious for having extremely poor photo contrast. Without reference to the ink stamp and light stain on reverse, this card would grade Good to Vg. This is a very important and extremely rare Old Judge, issued during one of nineteenth-century baseball’s most turbulent periods.
Please note that this very card was previously auctioned at REA. It appeared as Lot 112 in April 2007, selling for $1,997.50 at that time, and has been consigned to this auction directly by the original purchaser. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $940
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