Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/7/2013
In late 2012 we paid a visit to a family in eastern Pennsylvania to examine a collection of tobacco cards.  The owner, a woman that was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, had retrieved the cards from her father's home while undertaking the difficult task of cleaning his belongings after he passed away.  During that process, she encountered a shoebox filled with baseball cards that comprised his childhood collection.  Dating from 1887 to the 1920s and consisting primarily of baseball cards, the collection included an impressive assortment of scarce-backed tobacco cards, caramel and candy issues, and more.  The woman carefully placed the cards in plastic sheets, where they resided until consigning the entire collection to Love of the Game.

This, along with 12 other N172s, were part of the collection.

It was the Old Judge Ewing that initially piqued our interest when the kind woman told us what she had.  We're Buck Ewing fans here at Love of the Game; his cards are among our favorites.  When we received the collection, we submitted all of the N172s to PSA for grading.  We like how PSA classifies Old Judges on the grading label, and since each of the N172s in this collection has an owner stamp on the reverse, we thought the PSA (MK) qualifier would be the best way to account for the stamp in the grade.

Buck Ewing is one of the best-known Hall of Famers of the 19th Century.  Easily regarded the best catcher of the era, Ewing's cards are among the most valuable 19th Century cards.  The first player to hit 10 home runs in a season, Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939, one of the Hall's earliest inductees.

Like many Old Judges, this Ewing suffers from image fading that is common among N172s.  Corner and edge wear are consistent with the grade, and the aforementioned back stamp is noted with the PSA qualifier.  According to the excellent reference book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company, this is card #149-6, the "Walking/L, hands thigh high" pose, with the team notation of "New Yorks."

An excellent example of one of the 19th Century's most popular and enduring names.

Population Data
PSA Population: 3 total graded, 1 at this level, 1 higher
SGC Population: 41 total graded, 7 at this level, 19 higher*

*SGC does not classify pose variations with N172s, so this population figure includes all 11 Buck Ewing poses.
1887 N172 Old Judge Buck Ewing (HOF) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)1887 N172 Old Judge Buck Ewing (HOF) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)
1887 N172 Old Judge Buck Ewing (HOF) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $590
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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