Lot # 33: 1886 N167 Old Judge Larry Corcoran

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 3 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM



Offered is a strong N167 Old Judge example of New York Giants pitcher Larry Corcoran from one of the rarest and most important of all nineteenth-century issues. Corcoran is one of the nineteenth century's star players with a strong arm that made him a feared pitcher, posting a 170-83 record with an ERA just over 2.00 in his first five seasons. The first pitcher to throw two no hitters, Corcoran also became the first pitcher to throw three no hitters, a record that stood until Sandy Koufax threw his fourth in 1965. This is an extremely attractive example of one of nineteenth-century card collecting's most desirable rarities! As detailed in the May 2013 article on N167 Old Judges in Old Cardboard magazine, while this set has always been identified as being issued early in 1886, it is very possible (in fact, we think a virtual certainty) that the N167 set actually dates from 1885. Few nineteenth-century cards compare in rarity or significance to N167 Old Judges. These cards represent the very first series of baseball cards ever issued by Old Judge and feature photogravure portraits based on photographs by Joseph Wood. In addition to their very distinctive look, they are also the only Old Judge series to feature advertising on the reverse. The thin stock on which N167s are printed makes them especially susceptible to tears and other damage. The card is graded FAIR 20 by SGC due to moderate creasing, even rounding to the corners and minor edge wear along the right. The important image of Corcoran, however, is bold and crisp. The reverse, one of the most ornately designed of the era, displays evidence of album removal. In addition to their enormous significance as the very first tobacco baseball card set, N167 Old Judges have always been recognized as extremely rare. The numbers speak for themselves: To date, only fifty-four examples from the series have ever been graded by PSA or SGC, including eight Corcoran examples, and we believe this number may actually be slightly inflated due to cards being crossed over from one company to another. Whatever the true number, N167s are rare! It is a privilege for us to offer a sample from the N167 Old Judge set! This is an extraordinary sample of one of the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century baseball-card rarities that would be a significant addition to even the most advanced world-class collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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