Love of the Game Auctions Spring 2023 Premier Auction

5. Incredible 1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes “Old Hoss” Radbourn (HOF) - PSA NM+ 7.5 - Highest Graded!

Extraordinarily sharp and clean example of Hall of Famer “Old Hoss” Radbourn, one of six differ- ent poses of the great pitcher featured in the N172 Old Judge issue. Freshly graded from a Love of the Game submission, this is by far the highest-grad- ed example of this pose assessed by PSA (the next highest grade is VG 3). In fact, of all the N172 Radbourn cards graded by PSA, just one example – a sole PSA 8 – has graded higher than this. High-grade N172 cards are exceedingly rare. This card is in the 98th percentile of all the examples graded by PSA; only 87 individual cards have graded higher, of more than 6,500 cards assessed. That the card pictures a Hall of Famer – and one of the issue’s most desirable Hall of Famers, no less – suggests that calling this card one of the most important individual Old Judge cards in existence is not auction hyperbole. It is a statement of fact. The card itself is stunning. It is sharp and clean, with a crisp, well-defined image that boasts strong contrast. Well-centered, the corners are sharp with very light touches, and the reverse is clean. Rad- bourn’s cards are extremely desirable; he remains one of the most popular players of his era among today’s hobbyists. Simply a spectacular card, the finest Old Judge we have ever offered.



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