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1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Mickey Welch
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $12,000
Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet card of Hall of Famer “Smiling” Mickey Welch of the New York Giants (pose 486-3, pitching, hands above waist). This is a stunning Hall of Fame example from one of the nineteenth century's most revered sets. This is a beautiful card! Bright, clean, and crisp. The image on the card is very bold with exceptionally strong contrast. The cabinet-card mount has virtually no corner or edge wear with only a small touch of wear visible at the top right corner. The photograph is in near-perfect condition with only two small tears in the photo along the left edge. This is the only flaw that we can find to account for the conservative grade on this card, which would otherwise be Excellent or better. The reverse is perfectly clean, free of any writing or paper loss commonly found on nineteenth-century cards. Interesting provenance note: This card originally appeared as lot #29 in REA's Spring 2013 auction (realizing $14,220), and was one of three Welch N173 Old Judge Cabinet cards (all different poses) consigned by a gentleman who found them in an album kept by his family, who resided in the Holyoke, Massachusetts, area. Welch played in the minors with Holyoke in the earliest days of his career and this may explain why the cards were found there. The three cabinet cards were saved in his family since 1888 alongside various family photos ranging in date from the 1860s to the 1890s. The consignor at that time thought there was a possibility (though he couldn't be certain) that he was related to Welch, which would explain the inclusion of the significant cabinet cards. All Old Judge cabinets are extremely desirable, especially Hall of Famers, and Mickey Welch, of course, is one of the most prominent of all nineteenth-century Hall of Famers. This card has an 1888 copyright date. That year marked the Giants' first pennant, as Welch and teammate Tim Keefe accounted for 61 of the team's 84 victories. This is a remarkably attractive ultra high-grade N173 example of Hall of Famer Mickey Welch, in our opinion literally one of the finest in existence, with an incredibly interesting and desirable provenance. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.SOLD FOR $12,000
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