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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is an extremely attractive 1888 N173 Old Judge cabinet card of Jimmy Ryan with Chicago, posed (#396-2) in front of an elaborate stadium background. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby find of fifteen N173s, including five Hall of Famers and two Dogs Head cards, discovered by a non-collector in Maine among the possessions of his grandfather, all consigned to this auction. Stunning example, with flawless contrast and tremendous detail. Extraordinarily bold and crisp. Perfectly clean on the front and back. Both upper corners have a crease, which is responsible for the downgrade. This is an outstanding sample from one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+.
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