Extremely attractive N172 example of Ed Delahanty (pose #123-1 - bat on right shoulder, 2d B., Phila), one of the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers. This card was one of three newly discovered nineteenth-century cards consigned to this auction from a non-collector. All five poses of Ed Delahanty in Old Judge were issued only in 1889, a particularly scarce year compared to 1887 and 1888, no doubt contributing to Delahanty's significant rarity. While this card features Delahanty with the Philadelphia Nationals in his second year in the Majors, it is the first of his few baseball cards ever issued, and as such is recognized as Delahanty's rookie card. This is a very attractive example that appears far better than its technical grade of FAIR 20 from SGC suggests, which is entirely attributable to purple ink on the blank reverse (very common among nineteenth-century cards). This card has slightly rounded corners and a very light surface crease extending down diagonally from the middle of the top edge to the middle of the right edge. The image is a little light, which is a common trait with N172s. The card presents as Very Good or better at a glance and has been downgraded solely due to the previously mentioned back damage. This is a magnificent example of one of the key nineteenth-century and Old Judge Hall of Famer rarities. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.