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Two 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinets: Caruthers and Foutz (2)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,115.00

Two rare N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet cards, each graded VG 40 by SGC. An impressive-looking and noteworthy pair of these extremely substantial nineteenth-century rarities: 1) Bob Caruthers, Brooklyn's star pitcher (throwing pose). Nice looking card, the photo is just a little light, some minor foxing, bright and clean front and back. Caruthers was one of the most dominating pitchers of the 1880s. In just nine years in the Majors, he compiled a 218-99 record, including individual season records of 40-13 (1885), 30-14 (1886), 29-9 (1887), 29-15 (1888), 40-11 (1889), and 23-11 (1890). His .688 winning percentage is third on the all-time leaders list. Playing only nine years in the Majors, Caruthers is not eligible for election to the Hall of Fame (a minimum of ten years is required) but he was certainly a Hall of Fame caliber pitcher. 2) Dave Foutz, Brooklyn (throwing pose). Sharp contrast, downgraded due to numerous small foxing spots, bright and clean both front and back. Chris Von der Ahe, the arrogant owner of the American Association St. Louis Browns, acquired Foutz by buying the entire Bay City, Michigan, franchise. Paired with Bob Caruthers, he helped pitched the Browns to American Association championships from 1885 to 1887. Parisian Bob contributed 99 wins in those three seasons, Foutz 98. Foutz won a league-leading 41 in 1886 (his third straight year with an over-.700 winning percentage), in 504 innings, and recorded 11 shutouts. In 1887 Foutz managed a mere 25 wins, but hit .357 in 65 games as an outfielder and first baseman, positions he played more frequently for the rest of his career. Cashing in on his investment, Von der Ahe sold his ace righthanders to Brooklyn in 1888 for $13,500. With the hard-hitting Foutz at first base, Brooklyn won the 1889 Association championship, switched to the National League, and won another pennant in 1890. As a pitcher, Foutz's .690 winning percentage is the highest career mark (tied with Whitey Ford) among retired pitchers. Old Judge cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors as among the most desirable of all pre-1900 issues. This is a very attractive pair of these substantial cards, each of a significant subject, from one of card collecting’s most important early issues. Total 2 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,115.00

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