1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Art Whitney with Dog SGC EX 60

Sold For: $18,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 46

Item Year: 1888

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Graded EX 60 by SGC (submitted by REA). Stunning ultra high-grade N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet, featuring one of the most unusual and memorable images to ever appear on a baseball card, of New York third baseman Art Whitney kneeling with dog. While the pose of this card alone makes it one of the most interesting images to appear in the Old Judge set, there is actually a story to this card which explains its significance. This photograph was apparently taken and included in the Old Judge set as a joke. Whitney was notorious for switching teams. Rarely has one player jumped from team to team as much as Art Whitney. Starting with the Worcester Nationals in 1880, he moved on to the Detroit Nationals in 1881, Providence in early 1882, back to Detroit late in 1882, on to Pittsburgh of the American Association from 1884 to 1886, before moving to the Pittsburgh Nationals in 1887, and then to New York in 1888 and 1889. Between 1890 and his last season in 1891, he added another three teams to his resume. Whitney is posed with a dog in this photograph as a study of two extremes, with the dog representing the most loyal of all animals, and Whitney representing the opposite. This card originates from an incredible find several years ago of approximately forty Old Judge cabinets, many of which approached Mint condition. Do not be fooled by the assigned grade! This is absolutely one of the best from that find! Bright and clean, both front and back, with flawless contrast, and with the gold trim of the edges completely intact. This is an incredible surviving specimen of one of the most unusual and memorable of all nineteenth-century cards from one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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