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1887 N172 Old Judge
Summer 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 1
1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes
Graded by SGC as EX 60
Starting Bid: $2,000
This "Street Clothes - Capt. Anson, Chicago's" example is one of two basic varieties featuring Hall-of-Fame legend Cap Anson within the classic N172 Old Judge set. Produced the same year that Chicago sold Mike "King" Kelly to Boston for an astonishing $10,000, and the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the US Constitution, this 126 year old treasure is an amazing piece of Americana.
Adrian "Cap" Anson was one of baseball's first superstars. Elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1939, Anson played in 27 consecutive seasons (1871 - 1897). He led the league in RBI's eight times, finishing with a career total of 2075 - 3rd all-time highest. He was the first player to amass 3,000 hits, finishing with a total of 3,435 - 6th all-time highest. Amazingly, he hit over .300 in 24 different seasons, and finished with a lifetime average of .334.
The offered example is one of the most attractive N172 Old Judge Anson cards we've ever handled. It has outstanding photographic contrast, amazing surface quality, an absolutely stunning image of Anson, and a brilliant natural finish. Fantastic eye-appeal.