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1887-1889 N172 Old Judge Collection (70 cards)

  • Sold For: $10,665
  • Year: 1887
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 741
  • Auction Category: Joe Pelaez Collection

Collection of sixty-nine different (plus one duplicate) N172 Old Judge tobacco cards. The collection is highlighted by Hall of Famers John Clarkson, two Buck Ewings, Ned Hanlon, Tim Keefe, and John Ward, as well as many significant stars. Thirty-one cards range from Good to Vg-Ex condition (with a few Ex), twenty-five cards in lesser technical grades, ten cards are clipped on the bottom (still nice-looking cards), and four are skinned. 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: two #14-2 Bakley (Cleveland), 15-4 Baldwin (Chicago), 24-2 Beatin (1889 copyright, Cleveland), 45-4 Brown (NY), 49-3 Buckley (1889 copyright, Indianapolis), 51-8 Burch (Brooklyn), 52-1 Burdick (1888 copyright, Indianapolis), 54-2 Burks (1889 copyright, Sioux City), 60-3 Bushong (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 63-2 Canavan (1889 copyright, Omaha), 68-4 Carroll (1889 copyright, St. Paul), 73-1 Chamberlain (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 77-8 Clarke (1888 copyright, Chicago), 78-7 Clarkson (HOF, 1888 copyright, Boston) , 80-1 Cleveland (1888 copyright, NY), 81-4 Cline (1889 copyright, Sioux City), 114-5 Daly (1888 copyright, Chicago), 117-1 Darling (Chicago), 132-9 Dorgan (NY), 149-6 Ewing (HOF, NY) , 149-8 Ewing (HOF, NY) , 153-3 Farrar (Philadelphia), 154-3 Farrell (tagging Hines, Washington), 157-1 Ferguson (Philadelphia), 165-3 Fogarty (Philadelphia), 182-6 Geiss (Chicago), 188-2 Gillespie (NY), 196-7 Gore (NY), 197-5 Graves (Minneapolis), 205-1 Gunson (1889 copyright, KC), 212-3 Hanlon (HOF, 1888 copyright, Pittsburgh) , 244-5 Irwin (Philadelphia), 245-2 Jantzen (1889 copyright, Minneapolis), 251-3 Keefe (HOF, NY) , 259-5 Kennedy (1888 copyright, Des Moines), 271-2 Kuehne (1888 copyright, Pittsburgh), 274-1 Latham (Brownie Champs, St. Louis), 278-4 Long (1888 copyright, KC), 286-4 Mack (Louisville), 287-6 Macullar (misidentified as Maskrey, Des Moines), 297-2 Mattimore (NY), 297-3 Mattimore (Philadelphia), 299-5 Mays (1889 copyright, Columbus), 306-9 McCormick (Chicago, listed in the comprehensive Old Judge book as one of the twenty-eight cards formally identified as "Scarce Cards" and a true rarity among Old Judges), 313-1 McGunnigle (manager, Brooklyn), 329-1 Morrill (Boston), 331-3 Mullane (1888 copyright, Cincinnati), 334-1 Murphy (1888 copyright, NY), 340-2 Nash (Boston), 346-4 Nicol (Cincinnati), 351-5 O'Brien (1888 copyright, Brooklyn), 363-2 Peeples (Columbus), 366-2 Pfeffer (Chicago), 385-1 Richardson (NY), 404-3 Schoeneck (1888 copyright, Indianapolis), 408-1 Seward (1888 copyright, Philadelphia), 427-2 Smith (1889 copyright, St. Joseph), 435-2 Staley (1888 copyright, St. Louis), 444-1 Sullivan (Chicago), 448-6 Sutton (Boston), 453-2 Tebeau (Chicago), 457-2 Tiernan (NY), 460-2 Toole (Brooklyn), 462-1 Traffley (Des Moines), 468-2 Twitchell (Detroit), 478-3 Ward (HOF, NY) , 490-1 West (1889 copyright, Minneapolis), 493-7 Wheelock (Boston), and 508-2 Wood (Philadelphia). 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 collecting world are few and far between at this late date. This is a fairly clean and sizable collection of Old Judges that have not seen the light of day in many years, possibly decades, and that were long ago assembled by one of the hobby's great pioneers. From the Joe Pelaez Collection. Total: 70 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $10,665

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