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Lot # 145 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Art Whitney with Dog

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $12,760.00

Stunning ultra high-grade N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet featuring one of the most unusual and memorable images to ever appear on a baseball card of New York third baseman Art Whitney kneeling with dog. While the pose of this card alone makes it one of the most interesting images to appear in the Old Judge set, there is actually a story to this card which explains its significance. This photograph was apparently taken and included in the Old Judge set as a joke. Whitney was notorious for switching teams. Rarely has one player jumped from team to team as much as Art Whitney. Starting with the Worcester Nationals in 1880, he moved on to the Detroit Nationals in 1881, Providence in early 1882, back to Detroit late in 1882, on to Pittsburgh of the American Association from 1884 to 1886, before moving to the Pittsburgh Nationals in 1887, and then to New York in 1888 and 1889. Between 1890 and his last season in 1891, he added another three teams to his resume. Whitney is posed with a dog in this photograph as a study of two extremes, with the dog representing the most loyal of all animals, and Whitney representing the opposite. This card originates from an incredible find several years ago of approximately 40 Old Judge cabinets, many of which approached Mint condition. This is one of the best from that find. Flawless contrast. Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $12,760.00

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