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1887-1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinets Collection (4 cards, 3 Hall of Famers)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,998

Collection of four N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinets including three prominent Hall of Famers. All four cabinets have been neatly clipped along the bottom (missing the "Old Judge Cigarettes" advertisement), directly below the photograph. The collection consists of the following: 1) John Clarkson, Boston (HOF). This card has an 1888 copyright date. That year marked Clarkson's first season with Boston, having spent his prior four Major League seasons with the powerhouse Chicago Nationals. This is a particularly fascinating card as it was obviously issued very shortly after Clarkson finished the 1887 season with Chicago. Apparently no photographs of Clarkson in a Boston uniform were available yet, so Goodwin took a photo of Clarkson in his Chicago uniform and had the art department add "Boston" onto his uniform. On close examination of the photograph, this is easily seen, giving this card a fascinating added dimension of interest and appeal. The image on the card is very bold, with strong contrast. 2) Roger Connor, New York (HOF, fielding, hands at waist). 1887 copyright date. The white letters of the name and copyright contrast boldly, but the photo has heavy spotting, which seriously detracts. Pinhole at top. 3) J. W. Keenan, Cincinnati (hands on knees). The white letters of the name contrast poorly and are almost illegible. Pinhole at top. 4) John Ward, New York (HOF). 1888 copyright. Standing, hands behind back pose. The image on the card is very light and there are two pinholes (left corner and top edge). These four cards, which were very recently discovered by a noncollector in Connecticut, represent an interesting, unique, and affordable opportunity for a collector to acquire three Hall of Famers and one common player, each with significant flaws but still attractive (especially Clarkson), from one of the rarest and most desirable of all nineteenth-century issues. Each measures 4.25 x 6 inches. Total 4 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,998

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