1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (44 cards)

Sold For: $7,703

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 61

Item Year: 1887

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

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Collection of forty-three different (plus one duplicate) N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. The collection is highlighted by Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey (1886 Brownie Champs portrait) and Jim Mutrie (manager), as well as many significant stars. Included are many cards with outstanding high-quality images. In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist. A complete listing of the cards follows: #17-2 Baldwin (1888 copyright, Detroit), 23-4 Bastian (1888 copyright, Cleveland, Fr), 59-4 Burns (Chicago), 64-4 Cantz (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 72-1 Casey (Philadelphia), 86-2 Comiskey (HOF, portrait ; nice-looking card with photo slightly smaller than mount on left edge, which could be interpreted by some as a sign of a remounted card but in this case we think is just a slightly irregular production cut and mount as made), 97-3 Crane (Washington), 99-3 Crooks (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 110-2 Dailey (Philadelphia), 114-5 Daly (1888 copyright, Chicago), 132-15 Dorgan (NY), 141-3 Dwyer (1888 copyright, Chicago), 152-5 Farmer (Pittsburgh), 153-6 Farrar (Philadelphia), 157-1 Ferguson (Philadelphia), 160-3 Fields (Pittsburgh), 163-4 Flint (1888 copyright, Chicago), 165-3 Fogarty (Philadelphia), 168-3 Foster (NY), 170-6 Foutz (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 179-1 Ganzel (Detroit), 187-1 Gilks (1888 copyright, Cleveland), 233-3 Hoover (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 239-3 Hudson (St. Louis), 263-1 King (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 297-10 Mattimore (Philadelphia), 298-3 Maul (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 312-2 McGuire (Philadelphia), 320-3 McTamany (Brooklyn), 325-1 Milligan (1888 copyright, St. Louis), two 332-2 Mulvey (Philadelphia), 336-3 Mutrie (manager, 1888 copyright, NY, photo light), 345-4 Nicholson (tagging player, St. Louis), 355-1 O'Day (Washington), 366-5 Pfeffer (tagging player, 1888 copyright, Chicago), 370-3 Pinkney (Brooklyn), 384-2 Richardson (1888 copyright, Boston), 396-5 Ryan (Chicago), 405-3 Schriver (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 425-1 Smith (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 464-4 Trott (Baltimore), 468-1 Twitchell (Cleveland), and 485-6 Welch (1889 copyright, Philadelphia). The fronts range from Vg to Ex-Mt condition (with a few lesser). Contrast varies, as is always the case with Old Judges, but overall this is a particularly strong group with reference to photo quality. Almost all of the cards have glue or paper remnants on the back from at one time being mounted into a scrapbook; several other cards have paper loss or pen/pencil notations. Such minor back imperfections would not even have to be mentioned in the “old days” of collecting, but are now noted due to the impact on grading by professional grading services. A little back damage usually “comes with the territory” with Old Judges, and most collectors are very tolerant of this, especially since so many cards were originally saved in scrapbook albums. Scans of all cards are provided online. Total: 44 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $7,703

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