Lot # 27: 1889 N172 Old Judge Clark Griffith Rookie SGC VG 40

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Presented is a modestly graded 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith (Pose #201-3) with Milwaukee of the Western League. Griffith is among the most difficult to find of all N172 Hall of Famers. All five poses 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 photograph on the offered card is light, a characteristic that is common to many N172 cards. The surface displays a spot of surface wear and a small surface crease. The blank reverse displays a few spots of light discoloration. This is an 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.

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