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1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Duke Farrell
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,115
Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet example of Duke Farrell, Chicago’s catcher, in a fielding pose. Duke Farrell broke into professional baseball as a protégé of Cap Anson, who discovered him as a semipro player while the White Stockings were barnstorming New England. Farrell's first year in the majors was 1888, the year in which this card was issued. In 1891, Farrell had league highs of 12 HR and 110 RBI. He later led the NL in pinch hits three times, and pinch-hit for the Boston Puritans (later Red Sox) in the first World Series in 1903. The image on this card is very bold with strong contrast. The mount has very little edge or corner wear. The reverse has a few small and insignificant marks, each of no consequence, and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy, but which may be responsible for this gem not receiving an even higher grade from SGC. This is an outstanding high-grade sample from one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,115
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