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1887-1890 N172 Old Judge Collection (66)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $8,813
Collection of sixty-six different (63 baseball players and three boxers) N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. The collection is highlighted by Hall of Famers Jake Beckley, Dan Brouthers, "Old Hoss" Radbourn, and Amos Rusie (one of the top three rarest Hall of Famers in the set), as well as many significant stars. Thirteen cards range from Good to Vg condition (with a few Vg-Ex), forty-nine cards in slightly lesser grades (mostly Fair), and four cards are clipped on the bottom (still nice-looking cards). In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist. A complete listing of the cards follows: #22-1 Bassett (rare 1890 "NL" variation, New York), 24-2 Beatin (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 25-1 Beckley (HOF, Pittsburgh) , 41-2 Brosnan (1889 copyright, Sioux City), 43-2 Brouthers (HOF, 1888 copyright, Detroit) , 50-1 Buffinton (Philadelphia), 53-2 Burdock (Boston), 61-1 Cahill (Indianapolis), 66-1 Carpenter tagging player (Cincinnati), 68-3 Carroll (1889 copyright, St. Paul), 71-6 Caruthers (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 84-1 Collins (NY), 114-3 Daly (Cleveland), 125-2 Devlin (St. Louis), 128-4 Donahue (1888 copyright, KC), 138-7 Dunlap (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 141-3 Dwyer (1888 copyright, Chicago), 155-4 Farrell (1888 copyright, Chicago), 157-2 Ferguson (Philadelphia), 160-1 Fields (with batter Barkley, Pittsburgh), 163-4 Flint (1888 copyright, Chicago), 165-4 Fogarty (Philadelphia), 170-2 Foutz, (1889 copyright, Brooklyn; this pose is so rare that an example was not even available to provide as an illustration in the recently published comprehensive Old Judge book), 174-1 Fuller (St. Louis), 178-2 Gamble (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 187-4 Gilks (Cleveland), 202-3 Gruber (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 244-8 Irwin (Philadelphia), 253-3 Keenan (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 267-4 Knouff (St. Louis), 270-2 Krock (1888 copyright, Chicago), 274-6 Latham (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 280-2 Lovett (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 297-3 Mattimore (NY), 300-4 McAleer (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 314-3 McKean (Cleveland), 328-3 Moffett (1888 copyright, Indianapolis), 331-3 Mullane (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 334-2 Murphy (1888 copyright, NY), 340-6 Nash (Boston), 352-1 O'Brien (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 356-9 O'Neil (1889 copyright, St. Louis), 366-4 Pfeffer (1888 copyright, Chicago), 376-1 Quinn (1888 copyright, Boston), 376-2 Quinn (1888 copyright, Boston), 377-3 Radbourn (HOF, Boston) , 381-3 Reilly (Cincinnati), 395-3 Rusie (HOF, 1889 copyright, Indianapolis) , 398-2 Sanders (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 401-3 Schenkel (1888 copyright, Milwaukee), 403-2 Schmelz (1888 copyright, manager, Cincinnati), 405-4 Schriver (Philadelphia), 407-3 Serad (1888 copyright, Toronto), 426-1 Smith (Boston), 431-3 Sowders (Boston), 443-3 Stricker (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 468-1 Twitchell (Cleveland), 473-3 Viau (1889 copyright, Cincinnati), 482-3 Weber (1889 copyright, Sioux City), 488-1 Wells (1889 copyright, Milwaukee), 489-3 Werrick (1888, copyright, St. Paul), 509-1 Wood (Philadelphia), and 511-3 Zimmer (Cleveland). Three boxers: Mike Cleary, George LaBlanche, and Jack McAuliffe. Scans of all cards are provided online. As can be seen, condition is low-to mid-grade overall and contrast varies, but this is still a very substantial group. Collections of N172s that are new to the modern collecting world are few and far between at this late date. This is a fairly clean and sizable collection of Old Judges that were purchased in the 1960s or at the latest the early 1970s and have not seen the light of day since. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Total: 66 cards (63 baseball subjects and three boxers). Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $8,813
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