Love of the Game Auctions Spring 2023 Premier Auction


15. 1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes Cap Anson (HOF) - PSA EX 5 (MK)

16. 1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes Pud Galvin (HOF) - PSA VG-EX 4 - Highest Graded!

Stunning example of the portrait photo of Hall of Famer Adrian “Cap” Anson, an image typically found with considerable fading. This example has been freshly graded by PSA, consigned from an extremely advanced 19th Century collection. Checklisted as card #11- 1 in The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Miller, Gonsowski & Masson (an absolutely essential tool, we might add, one of the most important and interesting works the hobby has ever produced), there

James Francis “Pud” Galvin was one of the most prolific pitchers in baseball history, throwing more than 6,000 innings, with 646 complete games in his 15-year career. In an era when baseball fans are accustomed to five-man rotations and complaints of overwork when pitchers throw half a dozen complete games in a season, it’s difficult to fathom a pitcher throwing 70 complete games in a single season, and yet

are actually multiple versions of this card, with the variations lying in the typography. Several examples exist with Anson’s name and team affiliation written across his breast, and the team affiliation also varying when typeset above the bottom of the card. This example is often labeled card #11-1a, featuring no writing across Anson’s breast, and the name “A.C. Anson” and “Chicago’s” typeset underneath the image. Very few examples for this variation have been made available for public sale. The “MK” qualifier refers to some light pencil writing on the reverse that has been largely erased. Otherwise, an extremely attractive card, with very light age-related soiling on front and reverse, none of which distracts from the pleasing image. With strong corners and centering, clear text, and far stronger image contrast than is usually found on this card, an outstanding specimen. MINIMUM BID: $2,500

Galvin did just that - two years in a row. Those seasons (1883 and 1884) gave Galvin consecutive 46-win seasons with more than 600 innings pitched in each. In 1889, Galvin became baseball’s first 300-game winner, and his 365 lifetime wins still rank him at #5 all-time. Galvin is considered the 14th most difficult Hall of Famer in the monstrous N172 set. Graded VG- EX 4 by PSA, this example is checklisted as #177-3, and features a strong image with excellent contrast, strong corners and a clean surface. The toughest of Galvin’s four poses, this is the highest-graded of just three examples assessed by PSA.



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