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Lot # 79 (79 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Deacon White SGC EX 60 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $15,600

Graded EX 60 by SGC. Stunning high-grade N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet of Hall of Famer Deacon White of the Detriot Wolverines (pose #496-5). This is a tremendous N173 Old Judge in all respects; it is one of the best N173s we have ever seen, and, by any measure, is one of the most impressive of all Deacon White cards. The image on this card is extremely bold with very strong contrast (a little lighter in the nameplate area along the bottom of the photo). Crisp and clean, both front and back, with strong corners and clean edges. This is a great Hall of Fame N173 Old Judge cabinet! Deacon White's relatively new status as a Hall of Famer, of course, has substantially increased the desirability of his N172 and N173 cards. But it is also the case that even before his Hall of Fame induction White was always a particularly scarce and desirable player in the Old Judge set. White was one of the game's top players during the early years of professional baseball. Considered the finest bare-handed catcher of his day, he began his career with Cleveland in 1871 before joining Harry Wright's Boston Red Stockings in 1873. White led Boston to three consecutive pennants before moving to other teams, including Detroit where he teamed with Dan Brouthers, Hardy Richardson, and Jack Rowe. White attained league-leading marks in batting and RBI at various points during his career and retired after the 1890 season with a .303 lifetime average. In addition to his individual achievements, White is also remembered for his innovations with regard to the catching position. White was not only the first professional catcher to wear a mask, but also the first to wear a glove and the first to stand directly behind the batter with no one on base. This is an extraordinary Hall of Famer example from one of the nineteenth century's most revered sets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $15,600

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