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1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Cap Anson - Outstanding Example!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,400

Extraordinary example of Cap Anson from the N173 Old Judge cabinet series. The N173 Anson is one of the most impressive of all Cap Anson cards, and one of the most sought-after of all nineteenth-century cards. Presented is a spectacular example with a very bold image and strong contrast. The mounted photograph is perfectly rectangular and the mount displays little to no wear along the edges or at the corners. The reverse is bright and almost entirely clean, with a small, red-colored blemish visible in the top left reverse corner and a small pencil erasure visible under close inspection near the top border. This mark accounts entirely for the assigned grade of GOOD 30 by SGC, and the card is otherwise Ex-Mint or better. This card originally appeared as lot #31 in REA's Spring 2013 auction (realizing $10,665), at which time it was consigned by an old-time collector who purchased it as Near Mint back in the days prior to professional grading. The card was encapsulated as "Authentic" by PSA in accordance with its policy for handling erasures (if the pencil was present, the card would have received a high numerical grade along with a "MK" qualifier). We felt the card deserved a numerical grade, as did the buyer in the 2013 sale (who is the consignor to this auction). In fact, the erasure is so minor it is difficult to see, and can be located only upon extremely careful examination. The card was submitted to SGC for a numerical grade (which is harsh due to the insignificant pencil erasure; it would otherwise grade Ex-Mt or better by SGC as well). We are confident that advanced collectors will not be fooled by the label and will appreciate the overall quality of the card, the stunning image quality, and tremendous presentation. Most nineteenth-century card collectors are concerned first and foremost with the image quality of cards and recognize that flaws on the blank reverses "come with the territory" when collecting cards from this era. In this case, the "flaw" is incredibly minor, but on strictly technical grounds is treated by graders the same as if it were more serious. This is an outstanding N173 Old Judge Cabinet, with a flawless image and contrast, of legendary Hall of Famer Cap Anson, and one that would be a significant highlight in even the most advanced world-class collection.  Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $8,400

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