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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (69) - Newly Discovered Collection!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $26,438

Collection of sixty-nine N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. This is a newly discovered original-owner collection that has been saved in the same family since the 1880s. The collection is highlighted by Hall of Famers Charles Comiskey and Tommy McCarthy, as well as many significant stars. 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: #9-4 Andrews (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 14-4 Bakley (Cleveland), 37-2 Bradley (1888 copyright, Worcester), 41-4 Brosnan (Minneapolis), 53-2 Burdock (Boston), 58-4 Burns (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 71-5 Caruthers (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 76-3 Clark (1889 copyright, Brooklyn), 86-2 Comiskey (HOF, St. Louis) , 96-1 Crane (1888 copyright, NY), 99-3 Crooks (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 103-4 Crowell (Cleveland), 112-3 Daley (Boston), 114-4 Daly (Chicago), 141-3 Dwyer (1888 copyright, Chicago), 142-1 Earle (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 146-5 Esterbrook (1888 copyright, Louisville), 151-1 Fagan (1889 copyright, Denver), 155-4 Farrell (1888 copyright, Chicago), 157-3 Ferguson (Philadelphia), 170-5 Foutz (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 190-1 Gilmore (Washington), 194-1 Glenn (1889 copyright, Sioux City), 204-1 Gunning (Philadelphia), 214-3 Harkins (Brooklyn), 218-1 Healy (Indianapolis), 219-1 Healy (1888 copyright, Denver), 222-8 Henderson (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 225-2 Herr (1888 copyright, St. Louis; an example of this pose was not available to provide an illustration in the recently published comprehensive Old Judge book), 229-1 Hogan (Cleveland), 232-5 Hoover (Chicago), 233-3 Hoover (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 248-1 Johnston (Boston), 270-4 Krock (1888 copyright, Chicago), 271-2 Kuehne (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 271-4 Kuehne (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 273-2 Larkin (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 278-1 Long (1888 copyright, Chicago), 278-2 Long (1888 copyright, Chicago), 292-3 Manning (KC), 301-8 McCarthy (HOF, St. Louis) , 323-1 Miller (Pittsburgh), 331-3 Mullane (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 331-5 Mullane (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 337-1 Myers (Indianapolis), 348-2 Oberlander (Cleveland), 348-3 Oberlander (1888 copyright, Cleveland), 348-4 Oberlander (1888 copyright, Cleveland), 350-3 O’Brien (1888 copyright, Washington), 351-2 O’Brien (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 359-1 O’Rourke (Boston), 367-5 Phelan (1889 copyright, Des Moines), 368-1 Phillips (Brooklyn), 376-1 Quinn (Boston), 407-1 Serad (1888 copyright, Toronto), 418-4 Shreve (1888 copyright, Indianapolis), 421-5 Smith (1888 copyright, Louisville), 423-2 Smith (Cincinnati), 423-3 Smith (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 425-2 Smith (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 426-4 Smith (N175 Gypsy Queen), 441-1 Stratton (1888 copyright, Louisville), 445-3 Sullivan (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 448-3 Sutton (Boston), 464-3 Trott (1888 copyright, Baltimore), 473-4 Viau (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 489-1 Werrick (1888 copyright, Louisville), 504-4 Wilmot (1888 copyright, Washington), and 511-1 Zimmer (1888 copyright, Cleveland). The fronts range from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt condition (with a few lesser). Almost all of the cards have glue or paper remnants on the back from at one time being mounted into a scrapbook; several other cards have paper loss or pencil notations. Such minor back imperfections would not even have to be mentioned in the “old days” of collecting, but are now noted due to the impact on grading by professional grading services. A little back damage usually “comes with the territory” with Old Judges, and most collectors are very tolerant of this, especially since so many cards were originally saved in scrapbook albums. 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 group of Old Judges that has been in a closet untouched for decades. Total: 69 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $26,438


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