Graded FR 1.5 by SGC. Very attractive 1889 N172 Old Judge portrait of Hall of Famer John Ward (pose #478-1). There are very few portraits in the N172 Old Judge series, let alone of Hall of Famers. This is the only portrait of John Ward in the Old Judge series among the ten poses in which he appears in the set. This example displays exceptionally strong photo contrast, and only very light corner wear. The blank-backed reverse shows the ink notation "1889" in the center. The Ward portrait pose is much rarer than most other N172 Ward poses, and is universally recognized as by far the most desirable and distinctive of the ten Ward poses. This is an extremely attractive example of one of the classic cards of the nineteenth-century and one of the key Hall of Famer cards of the entire N172 Old Judge series. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.