Lot # 35: Extremely Rare 1889 N172 Old Judge Pair: Kid Baldwin and Bobby Lowe

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 16 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2019",
which ran from 7/26/2019 12:15 PM to
8/18/2019 6:00 PM

This pair of N172 Old Judge cards is technically in modest grade, but they are distinguished not for their condition, but for their extreme rarity. These two players are specifically listed as scarce cards (among the top 100 rare players in the entire N172 set, including the eighteen virtually impossible-to-find California League players) according to the comprehensive guide to Old Judges, The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson. 1) #16-2 Kid Baldwin (Cincinnati, 1889 copyright). Graded GOOD 2 by GAI (mislabeled as Fido on holder). 2) #281-1 Bobby Lowe (Milwaukee, 1889 copyright). Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Lowe is an extremely well known nineteenth-century star, just shy of being a Hall of Famer (in fact, he is considered deserving of the honor by many) and he will always be remembered as the first player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game, a feat which he accomplished in 1894. Though these two cards have flaws, they are still attractive cards and will be of special interest to extremely advanced Old Judge collectors. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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