1887 N172 Old Judge Bobby Mathews

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 30

Item Year: 1887

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

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. High-quality N172 Old Judge of Bobby Mathews (Athletics, pose #296-2) from the N172 Old Judge series. According to the comprehensive book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890), commonly referred to as the "Old Judge Book," Mathews is a particularly scarce subject in the entire N172 set, and is listed as among the "Top 100 Scarcest N172s." The offered example is very strong for an Old Judge card, with outstanding photo contrast, four strong corners, and a clean blank reverse. This is a superb N172 example of Mathews, which will be of special interest to advanced Old Judge collectors for its noted scarcity.  Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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