Very Rare 1887-90 N172 Old Judge Harry Wright Portrait/Loo...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionVery Rare 1887-90 N172 Old Judge Harry Wright Portrait/Looking Left (#510-3) PSA VG 3. William Henry "Harry" Wright involvement in baseball from the very first era makes him a pioneer in the truest sense. The value of his contributions as player, manager and architect of the game are incalculable. It was his style of play which set the groundwork for the rules of modern day baseball. Along with his brother, Harry played professional ball at the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) where his relationship to the national game was forged. It was a bond that would never be broken. Wright was the cornerstone of the first professional baseball team - the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. His passion for the game went beyond his own play as Wright was the first to formulate strategies of play which are taken for granted today. Wright's took on the role of player, manger and general manger during his career. As a manager, he took his team to six league championships and posted a .581 winning percentage. Both Harry and his brother George are members of both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He appears on very few cards, his three portraits in the N172 Old Judge of coveted additions to any collection and this is seems to be the rarest of them all.
Graded PSA VG 3. PSA has graded eight N172 Harry Wright cards. All of them are designated the "facing left" variant and does not list this variation at all. Overall, there are no major condition issues of note. The formal portrait of Wright has faded some but is free of surface imperfections except for one faint scratch. This is pose #510-3 Portrait, Looking Left. Beard just over right side of collar. Caption reads: HARRY WRIGHT, Man'g. Philas. The portrait quality is very-good to excellent. A key entry for Hall of Fame collectors, 19th Century enthusiasts and N172 Old Judge specialists alike. One of our databases revealed twenty different auction sales of N172 Harry Wright cards - only one was for this "Facing Left" variety.
Guide Value or Estimate: $8,000 - up.
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