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1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet William "Yank" Robinson - Ex-Buck Barker Collection!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet card of "Yank" Robinson of St. Louis (pose #390-2). Robinson was one of the key members of the World Champion St. Louis Browns team led by Charles Comiskey in the 1880s. These classic nineteenth-century premiums were available to collectors only by mail in exchange for coupons issued with Old Judge tobacco products. Very similar in design to but much larger than the classic N172 Old Judges, Old Judge cabinets are among the most highly regarded and substantial of all nineteenth-century issues. When these premiums were ordered by mail, the consumer actually chose the player to be received. The cabinet presents as Excellent, with a perfectly placed photograph displaying fine contrast. The mount has very light corner wear in the upper right. The blank reverse is mostly clean, with the exception of some fascinating notations that identify the card as having once been part of the collection of hobby pioneer Buck Barker. A penciled address is scrawled in Barker's trademark handwriting approximately one-third of the way down the reverse. Barker followed up by affixing his red-ink stamp, with his name ("Charles Barker") and St. Louis address, alongside. This is an especially attractive example that would technically grade modestly due to these notations. These very notations and the accompanying Buck Barker ink stamp, however, are of special note as a positive distinction to many advanced collectors, who very much appreciate the special provenance of this card, which was once owned by one of the greatest and most important early hobby pioneers.   Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,320

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