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1886-90   N172   Old Judge


Year(s) Published: 1886-90
Hobby Designation:   N172
Set Name: Old Judge
Card Size (inches): 1-7/16 x 2-1/2
Number of Cards in Set: 500+
Est. Value (common; VG): $155

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Set Summary
  • Issued by Goodwin & Co. to promote its "Old Judge" cigarettes
  • Some cards numbered but most are not; all have blank backs
  • Cards consist of photos pasted on thick cardboard stock
  • Massive set; over 500 players and 3000 card variations known
  • Set holds record for the largest set ever produced
  • 27 players from this set now members of baseball Hall of Fame
  • References:
    1) Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski & Richard Masson, "The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890)," Old Cardboard eNewsletter #57
    2) Lew Lipset, Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards (SP, Centereach, NY, 1983), Vol. 1,
    pp. 14-32
    3) Joe Gonsowski & Jay Miller, "N172 Old Judge Brooklyn Minis: A Long-Standing Mystery Solved," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #3, pp. 21-24
    4) Jay Miller & Joe Gonsowski, "'Tug' Wilson Added to Old Judge Set," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #26 (Fall 2011, pp. 26-27

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