Lot # 38: 1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith Rookie - Newly Discovered!

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Presented is a modestly graded 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (pose #201-4) 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). The card has strong photo contrast, evenly rounded corners, and a very slight tilt to the image. Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA) due to multiple creases and paper loss along the bottom edge of the reverse. The blank reverse has moderate soiling. This is an extremely appealing example of Clark Griffith's earliest baseball card dating from his playing days, long before his distinguished career as a baseball executive. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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