Lot # 42: 1889 N172 Old Judge Ed Delahanty Rookie

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely rare and desirable 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty (#123-4 pose) dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Philadelphia Quakers. Delahanty is one of the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers, and in our experience, this is a particularly rare pose among the five Delahanty poses in the N172 set. While this card features Delahanty with the Philadelphia Quakers in his second year in the Majors, it is the first of his few baseball cards ever issued, and as such is recognized as Delahanty's rookie card. This is the first Delahanty throwing pose we can recall ever offering! There are very few baseball cards of Delahanty, due to his untimely and tragic death in 1903, and the fact that few baseball card sets were issued during the years in which he played (1888 to 1903). Delahanty was one of the premier stars of the nineteenth century. This card has lightly rounded corners and a very light surface crease near his right foot. The image is a little light, which is a common trait with N172s. The blank reverse has moderate soiling and evidence of scrapbook removal (which impacts the technical grade but not the desirability to most collectors as this "comes with the territory" with Old Judges). A very attractive low-grade example of one of the key nineteenth-century and Old Judge Hall of Famer rarities. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.

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