Lot # 76: Very Scarce 1889 N172 Old Judge Harry "Farmer" Vaughn (Louisville)

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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

This N172 Old Judge of Louisville's catcher Harry "Farmer" Vaughn (pose #472-1) is distinguished not for its condition but for its extreme rarity. According to the comprehensive book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) - referred to commonly as the "Old Judge Book," Vaughn is one of the "very scarce" cards (outside of the virtually impossible eighteen California League cards and twenty "significant rarities") in the entire N172 set. One public auction sale result within the last decade shows this card as having sold for $3,500 in the same SGC grade. We do not know if this sale is an anomaly or indicative of the card's true rarity and value, but we are letting this card sell individually so that the market can decide what it is worth in 2019. Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA), the card displays reasonably strong photo contrast, even rounding to the corners, and excellent centering. The blank reverse displays evidence of album removal in the center, which "comes with the territory" when collecting nineteenth-century cards, which were so often housed in scrapbooks and albums. Regardless of its condition, we believe this card will be of special interest to extremely advanced Old Judge collectors. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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