Schererville, IN – Baseball Card Exchange has acquired a group of 67 high-grade N172 Old Judge baseball cards – including ten HOFers – on their recent buying trip to Arizona. Released in 1887, the constantly growing Old Judge set is comprised of over 3,000 cards – with new additions being discovered regularly – and is widely considered impossible to complete.
Commonly found with back damage from being pasted onto pages, all of these 19th century cards were spared being mounted and displayed in albums. “From the moment I saw the pictures in the initial email, I knew these cards were real. What I couldn’t believe is how well they had been preserved over the years,” said BBCE Owner Steve Hart. “More than half of the cards are in Excellent or better condition, with several being in Near Mint condition. Many of these will end up being the highest graded examples in existence.”
“We were just in Phoenix five days earlier buying a 1952 Topps Baseball registry set; I thought that was going to be the acquisition of the year. This Old Judge find is now the clubhouse leader,” said Reed Kasaoka, Head Buyer for BBCE. “From doing the research, to grading the cards, to negotiating a price, the toughest part was Steve having to wait four days – for me to drive back to the office – to finally see the cards in person.”
The cards have been submitted to PSA for authentication and grading. BBCE will have the entire group on display at their corporate booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention this August in Atlantic City, NJ.
Headquartered in Northwest Indiana, Baseball Card Exchange, Inc. is one of the largest sports collectibles dealers in the hobby, specializing in unopened material, vintage trading cards, and autographed memorabilia. For more information, visit www.bbcexchange.com or follow them on Facebook at BBCExchange.