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1888 N173 Goodwin Dogs Head Cabinet John O'Brien SGC EX/NM 80
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC (submitted by REA). Exceptionally rare 1888 N173 Dogs Head cabinet card featuring John O'Brien of the Cleveland Spiders. This is a stunning card! All N173 Old Judges are rare, but examples with Dogs Head advertising are particularly rare, and extremely desirable among serious pre-1900 and sample-card collectors. In fact, this is only the fifth Dogs Head cabinet (of any player) we have offered during the past twenty years! This card features a striking photo of O'Brien batting. The photo contrast is strong, with great detail visible in the image, right down to the laces on O'Brien's shoes. The mount is perfectly clean, with virtually no wear at the corners and a well-centered image. The blank reverse is almost entirely clean, with a few insignificant age spots mentioned for the sake of accuracy. An extremely rare and striking sample card from this legendary nineteenth-century cabinet-card series. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,400
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