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1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (batting, looking at camera) with Milwaukee of the Western League. Griffith is among the most difficult to find of all N172 Hall of Famers. All five poses of Griffith feature him with Milwaukee and were issued in 1889. This is Griffith's rookie card. He signed his first pro contract in 1888 with Milwaukee of the Western League, and later jumped to the American Association, pitching for both St. Louis and Boston in 1891 before the league collapsed. Griffith was signed by Cap Anson for his NL Chicago Colts (later Cubs) in 1893. The "Old Fox "earned his nickname by utilizing a six-pitch arsenal, including the screwball (which he claimed to have invented). The card has a strong Excellent appearance, but very close examination reveals that it has been downgraded by SGC to Vg due to a couple of very minor creases in the extreme corners (so small they hardly qualify as creases) and a tiny surface chip in the extreme upper right corner. The photograph is a little light, a characteristic which is common to many N172 cards. The reverse has a few small spots of toning. The card is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an outstanding example of one of Clark Griffith's earliest baseball cards dating from his playing days, long before his distinguished career as a baseball executive. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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