Lot # 99: Extremely Rare 1890 N172 Old Judge Jack Clements - Philadelphia NL

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

While Jack Clements (#79-2 pose) is a relatively common player in the Old Judge series, this is a far rarer and more significant example than is apparent at a glance. This is an 1890 Old Judge! All 1890 Old Judges are exceedingly rare, and this is a particularly significant card. The "C, Phil'a, NL" designation, which is so unusual, is found only on his almost impossibly rare 1890 Old Judge card. It is interesting to note that this particular pose is not listed in the comprehensive Old Judge book checklist as having a “Philadelphia 1890” designation. (Only pose #79-1 is checklisted with a “Philadelphia 1890” designation.) All 1890 Old Judges are rare, and almost all suffer from very poor contrast. The contrast on this example, while not strong compared to many N172s from earlier years, is slightly better than that of most 1890 Old Judge cards. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC on the account of paper loss on the lower edge of the blank reverse. Whether this card is a newly checklisted addition or not, it is an extremely rare 1890 card in the N172 Old Judge series, and the first example that we can ever recall offering. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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