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1889 N172 Old Judge Ezra Sutton
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,998
Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Highest-graded example by SGC! Incredible high-grade N172 example of Ezra Sutton with Milwaukee of the Western League. Sutton is not a rare player in the N172 set but when we were looking for a few cards to pull out of the giant Old Judge collection offered in this auction, to feature individually, we were stopped in our tracks by this gem. This card is not to be believed! We don't even know how an Old Judge could survive in this condition! It is a miracle card! We thought it was going to grade even higher, but the grade certainly doesn't begin to tell the story. The image on this card may be the best we have ever seen on any Old Judge card ever. Few Old Judges have survived in this type of extraordinary like-new condition. The card is bright and crisp; perfectly clean both front and back, with sharp corners, with an unimprovable photo image with flawless clarity and contrast. Centered slightly to the right (65/35 L/R). This card can be dated to 1889 both by the date and the appearance of the words "Cigarette Factory" in the advertising below the photo. This is a tremendous card from the N172 Old Judge series. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,998
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