Lot # 55: Very Scarce 1889 N172 Old Judge Bill Van Dyke (Toledo)

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 45 (Bid History)

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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

This N172 Old Judge of Toledo's outfielder Bill Van Dyke (pose #470-1) is distinguished not for its condition but for its extreme rarity. 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. According to the comprehensive book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) - referred to commonly as the "Old Judge Book," Van Dyke 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 $1,500 in lesser condition. 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 2020. Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA), the card displays superb photo contrast, light wear to the corners, and centering slightly low (partial miscut along bottom edge). The blank reverse displays writing, which "comes with the territory" when collecting nineteenth-century cards. Regardless of its condition, we believe this card will be of special interest to extremely advanced Old Judge collectors. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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