Graded VG+ 3.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). Rare sample card of St. Louis Browns owner Chris Von Der Ahe from the N172 Old Judge Brownie Champs series. This is a fresh-to-the-hobby example consigned to this auction by the family of the original owner. The Brownie Champs set has always been among the most distinctive and popular of all Old Judges. Von Der Ahe was one of the most prominent team owners of the nineteenth century and is universally recognized as the second most desirable card in the entire Brownie Champs set (behind only Hall of Famer and future prominent team-owner Charles Comiskey). This card display outstanding photo contrast, even corner wear, and centering toward the left. A few light surface creases are visible on the blank reverse. We always try to offer a few classic N172s individually to show collectors that it is possible to collect the important pre-1900 cards without spending a fortune. This is a very attractive example of one of the key cards from the classic 1886 Brownies Champs subset which features portraits of players from this legendary Championship team. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).