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1888 N172 Old Judge Mickey Welch
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,819
Graded EX 60 by SGC. One of just three graded at this level by SGC, with only one graded higher. Absolutely stunning high-grade N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer “Smiling” Mickey Welch of the New York Giants (right arm extended forward). This card is a gem, with outstanding photo quality, superb clarity, and a flawless surface. Perfectly fresh, crisp, and clean, both front and back. Centered to the right (65/35 L/R) with a very slight tilt to the image, and a tiny surface flake at the tip of the extreme upper left corner. In addition to being an extremely high-grade example of one of the most legendary Hall of Fame pitchers of the nineteenth century, the distinctive cropped format of the image on this card makes it a particularly unusual and interesting Old Judge design style. Welch was the Major League's third 300-game winner. During his thirteen major league seasons, he won twenty or more games nine times, including seven straight years. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. This is a magnificent, very high quality Hall of Famer Old Judge example of "Smiling" Mickey Welch, with many positive factors contributing to its strong visual appeal. The card is in very strong Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,819
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