1886 N167 Old Judge Set and Checklist

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Title N167 Old Judge
Year 1886
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ (Type 1) and 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ (Type 2)
Images Black and White
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set
15 (baseball/boxing)

N167 Old Judge Overview

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While the N172 Old Judge set is by far more common and known among collectors, its predecessor, the 1886 N167 Old Judge set is a true rarity.

Some of the earliest baseball cards known, to say these are scarce is an understatement. The N172 Old Judge set contains hundreds of baseball cards, but only a total of 12 exist in the N167 set and half of it consists of Hall of Famers.

Fronts include the ‘Old Judge’ name, a black and white player image, as well as the player’s last name. The backs include an advertisement for Goodwin and Company / Old Judge Cigarettes. The set was produced by Goodwin for its Old Judge brand.

While the focus of the set was on baseball players, there are more subjects included in the N167 set. In addition to baseball players, three boxers were also included in the set – Jack McAuliffe, Jem Smith, and Jim Carney. Beyond the athletes, there are also cards of actresses in the release as well.

It should be noted that the N167 series actually consists of two different types. Type 1 was identified by Jefferson Burdick in his American Card Catalog as being a thick card, measuring 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″. Type 2 is also 1 1/2″ wide but slightly shorter at 2 1/2″ tall. The baseball and boxing cards identified here fall under Type 2. Type 1 consisted of only actresses.

N167 Old Judge Checklist

  1. Jim Carney (boxing)
  2. Roger Connor
  3. Larry Corcoran
  4. Mike Dorgan
  5. Dude Esterbrook
  6. Buck Ewing
  7. Joe Gerhardt
  8. Pete Gillespie
  9. Tim Keefe
  10. Jack McAuliffe (boxing)
  11. Jim O’Rourke
  12. Danny Richardson
  13. Jem Smith (boxing)
  14. John Ward
  15. Mickey Welsh

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