Graded EX 5 by SGC. One of only three examples graded at this level by SGC with only two higher. Absolutely stunning high-grade N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer “Smiling” Mickey Welch of the New York Giants (pose #486-4). This card is a gem, with outstanding photo quality, superb clarity, and a flawless surface. Bright and crisp, with outstanding centering, and even corner wear. The blank reverse has light soiling but free of the common flaws (paper loss, glue residue, writing, etc.) associated with examples from this popular series. In addition to being an extremely high-grade example of one of the most legendary Hall of Fame pitchers of the nineteenth century, the distinctive cropped format of the image on this card makes it a particularly unusual and interesting Old Judge design style. Welch was the Major League's third 300-game winner. During his thirteen Major League seasons, he won twenty or more games nine times, including seven straight years. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. This is a magnificent, very high quality Hall of Famer Old Judge example of "Smiling" Mickey Welch, with many positive factors contributing to its strong visual appeal. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.