Lot # 45: 1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith Rookie - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 6 (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



Presented is a very appealing 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (pose #201-1) with Milwaukee of the Western League. This card originates from a new-to-the-hobby collection of nineteenth-century cards that had been carefully saved in the pages of a scrapbook for over a century. This card was carefully removed from the scrapbook by a professional conservator using deionized water. It was submitted to SGC for grading with this information and SGC encapsulated the card as "Authentic." Griffith is among the most difficult to find of all N172 Hall of Famers. All five poses of Griffith feature him with Milwaukee and were issued in 1889. This is Griffith's rookie card. He signed his first pro contract in 1888 with Milwaukee of the Western League, and later jumped to the American Association, pitching for both St. Louis and Boston in 1891 before the league collapsed. Griffith was signed by Cap Anson for his NL Chicago Colts (later Cubs) in 1893. The "Old Fox" earned his nickname with his six-pitch arsenal, including the screwball (which he claimed to have invented). The photograph on the offered card is a little light, a characteristic that is common to many N172 cards. The team name has been scratched off and the blank reverse has faint evidence of scrapbook removal. This is an extremely appealing example of Clark Griffith's earliest baseball card dating from his playing days, long before his distinguished career as a baseball executive. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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