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1887 N175 Brownie Champ Gypsy Queen Latham
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Extremely rare Gypsy Queen "Brownie Champ" portrait of Arlie Latham. This card is the same size and general format as N172 Old Judge, but with a slightly different design, featuring advertising for Goodwin's Gypsy Queen brand of tobacco. All N175 Gypsy Queens are rare and unusual, but a Brownie Champ example is particularly distinctive. There has always been some confusion as to the catalog number of the smaller sized N172 Gypsy Queens (not to be confused with the even rarer large-sized N175 Gypsy Queens, of which nine different cards are known) because the American Card Catalog does not distinguish between the two sizes of cards represented by "N175." Latham was one of the primary stars of the St. Louis Browns championship teams of the 1880s. He led the league in at bats (627) and batted .316 in 1887. The card has a few spots of light surface wear on Latham's chin, a clipped upper right corner, and the reverse has glue residue and remnants of scrapbook paper from having been mounted and removed from an album long ago. These flaws have resulted in this card receiving a low grade, but its appearance is clearly far superior to that suggested by its modest but technically accurate grade. This is a very unusual and distinctive sample card of an unusual Old Judge-related nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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