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1887 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Silver Flint - Extremely Rare Red Mount!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,700
1887 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet card of Silver Flint (#163-2 pose) of the Chicago Nationals in a catching pose in front of an elaborate studio backdrop. All N173 Old Judge cabinets are naturally rare, but this is a particularly noteworthy example in that it has an extremely rare red mount. According to The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890), the definitive book on Old Judges by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson, "The vast majority of cabinet mounts are yellow in color. However, cabinets have also been found with brown, black, pink, and (in a few rare cases) red mounts." During the past forty years, we do not recall ever being offered or having the opportunity to offer an N173 with a red mount. The offered card is a tremendous rarity and of great note to Old Judge scholars and collectors. While condition is a secondary concern given the importance of the mount color, the cabinet is graded VG+ 45 by SGC and displays light, even wear to the four corners, slight spotting to the surface, and minor bleeding of the color onto the edges of the picture. The photo contrast is a little light but still full of detail. This is an extraordinary rarity of legendary proportions from the N173 set, one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues.
The item in this lot is part of the deaccessioned property of a prominent northeast museum which has selected Robert Edward Auctions to handle the sale of donated sportscards and memorabilia in an effort to fund purchases more in line with the mission and goals of the museum.
SOLD FOR $5,700
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