Graded NM 84 by SGC. This is one of only two examples graded at this level by SGC with none higher. Extremely rare 1886 N172 Old Judge "Spotted Tie" of Stephen Brady (pose #39-1). The "Spotted Tie" series, featuring sixteen players from the New York Mets of the American Association, is one of the rarest and most desirable subsets of the N172 Old Judge set. Each player is featured in a portrait pose with his distinctive "Spotted Tie." According to the comprehensive book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) - referred to commonly as the "Old Judge Book" - Brady is one of the top 20 rarest subjects (outside of the virtually impossible eighteen California League cards) in the entire N172 set. Presented is an exceptionally strong high-grade example from this very rare series. Bright and clean, with excellent image clarity, light wear on the corners, and outstanding centering. The blank reverse is fairly clean. This is a magnificent, and for this important issue, exceptional high-grade example from the "Spotted Tie" series, which has always been considered to be among the most elusive and significant of all Old Judge subsets. Reserve $5,000.