Lot # 39: 1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith Rookie - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM

Graded VG 3 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is a tremendous 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (pose #201-1) with Milwaukee of the Western League. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. 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). This is an outstanding card! This card has remarkable photo quality, superb clarity, and a flawless surface. Centered to the left with honest corner wear. Perfectly clean reverse. This is a stunning example of Clark Griffith, one of the scarcest N172 Hall of Famers, that would be a significant addition to any extremely high quality N172 or Hall of Fame collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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