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1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,058
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (ball in hands at chest) with Milwaukee of the Western League. Griffith is among the most difficult to find of all N172 Hall of Famers. All six poses of Griffith feature him with Milwaukee and were issued in 1889. This is Griffith's rookie card. He signed his first pro contract in 1888 with Milwaukee of the Western League, and later jumped to the American Association, pitching for both St. Louis and Boston in 1891 before the league collapsed. Griffith was signed by Cap Anson for his NL Chicago Colts (later Cubs) in 1893. The "Old Fox" earned his nickname with his six-pitch arsenal, including the screwball (which he claimed to have invented). The card has strong photo contrast (particularly for the Old Judge slight pink hue style), evenly rounded corners, and a very slight tilt to the image. The front appears stronger than its SGC assigned grade; the card has been downgraded in part due to some staining on the reverse (probably from at one time being glued into a scrapbook, which is very common with Old Judges), and evidence of pencil notations on the back (also common with Old Judges), this is otherwise an extremely attractive Vg example of Clark Griffith's earliest baseball card dating from his playing days, long before his distinguished career as a baseball executive. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,058
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