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1886-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (24), Including 1886 Brownie Champs, Managers, Sliding Poses
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,036
Exceptionally attractive, high-quality collection of twenty-four N172 Old Judges. This is not a random group. These cards represent a selection of unusual cards from a larger collection of Old Judges, all of which are offered elsewhere in several lots in this auction. While there are no Hall of Famers here, every card in this lot is noteworthy in some way, and would be considered a particularly interesting or highlight Old Judge card by most collectors. The collection consists of the following: 1) Six 1886 Brownie Champs portraits: Bushong, Caruthers, Foutz, Kemmler, Robinson, and Welsh; 2) Four Managers: Barnes (St. Paul), Burnham (Indianapolis), McGunnigle (Brooklyn), and Mutrie (New York, 1888 copyright, possible trim); 3) Three horizontal sliding poses: Collins (New York), Dorgan (New York) Mattimore (New York); 4) Six vertical sliding poses: Dolan (Denver, 1888 copyright), Fogarty (Philadelphia), Knouff (St. Louis, 1888 copyright), Latham (St. Louis, 1888 copyright), and two Poorman (Milwaukee, 1888 copyright); 5) Four tagging player poses: Ferguson (Philadelphia), Pfeffer (Chicago), Robinson (Minneapolis, 1888 copyright), and Shannon (Louisville); 6) One double-player pose: McGarr (Kansas City, 1888 copyright). The fronts range from Vg to Ex-Mt condition (with a few lesser, including a couple with a possible slight trim). Contrast varies, as is always the case with Old Judges, but overall this is a particularly strong group with reference to photo quality. 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 pen/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. Scans of all cards are provided online. Total: 24 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $5,036
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