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1890 N172 Old Judge John Pickett, Philadelphia (Players League)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,997.50
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Presented is one of N172 Old Judge’s great rarities: the 1890 Players League designation card featuring John Pickett with Philadelphia. 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 the nineteenth-century baseball’s most turbulent periods. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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