Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). Very attractive 1889 N172 Old Judge portrait of Hall of Famer John Ward (pose #478-1). There are very few portraits in the N172 Old Judge series, let alone of Hall of Famers. This is the only portrait of John Ward in the Old Judge series among the ten poses in which he appears. This example displays exceptionally strong photo contrast, very light corner wear, a small spot of surface wear on the top border, and a faint horizontal surface scratch extending across the lower portion of Ward's image. The blank-backed reverse shows evidence of album removal down the center. The Ward portrait pose is much rarer than most other N172 Ward poses and is universally recognized as by far the most desirable and distinctive of the ten Ward poses. This is an extremely attractive example of one of the classic cards of the nineteenth-century and one of the key Hall of Famer cards of the N172 Old Judge series. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).