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1887 N175 Gypsy Queen John Ward
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,406.25
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Small "Old Judge size" N175 Gypsy Queen of John Ward, featuring Ward in the same throwing pose in which he is featured in the large size N175 Gypsy Queen series. This is a special card. All "Gypsy Queen Old Judges" are incredibly rare, and a Hall of Famer is naturally of special note, but what makes this particular card all the more special in our eyes is the fact that this small N175 "Old Judge" features the very same pose of Ward in which he is featured on the large N175 Gypsy Queen of Ward. Only nine different players are known in the large N175 Gypsy Queen series. The small N175 Gypsy Queens are not as unusual as the large N175 Gypsy Queens, in the eyes of collectors, because they are the same size as N172 Old Judges, and many more small N175 Gypsy Queens are known (129 different players were checklisted in 1984), making a small N175 much easier to obtain and more affordable as a sample than large N175 Gypsy Queens. On a card by card basis, however, any given small N175 Gypsy Queen subject in a given pose is approximately as rare as any given large Gypsy Queen. The fact that this is a miniature version of the large Gypsy Queen of Ward is very significant in its own right, but is especially noteworthy in that this allows for the possibility of matching this card up with a large Gypsy Queen of John Ward in the same pose. We have never seen a large and small Gypsy Queen pair matched up, but this small N175 Gypsy Queen of John Ward offers hope. The photograph is particularly bold with outstanding contrast. This is a card which "jumps out" from a group. A few light creases are visible upon close inspection but are not very prominent, and do not significantly impact the extremely impressive otherwise Very Good appearance of the card. This is an extremely attractive, clean card. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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