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Graded EX 60 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with just one higher. 1888 N173 Old Judge cabinet card of Hardy Richardson with Boston (pose #384-2). 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. This is a very attractive example with outstanding photo contrast overall. The background and area identifying the player name and team is very light (as made), making the identifying white-letter text and 1888 copyright difficult to read (due to the contrast of the white letters against the light background). This cabinet is in Ex condition, with almost no visible wear to the corners (except for a corner crease in the upper left). The blank reverse is entirely clean, a departure from most nineteenth-century cards, which so often display writing, album residue, or paper loss. This is an outstanding sample in high-grade from one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
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