Original glass-plate negative used in the production of John A. Farrell's 1886/1887 N172 Old Judge tobacco card. Glass-plate negatives used in the production of the Old Judge series are scarce, with nearly all of the approximately 100 known examples originating from a single find many years ago. This is the first we have ever offered and we have seen fewer than 12 others at auction in the past 20 years. All of the Old Judge images were taken in a studio setting, with many capturing the players in an "action" pose. The offered example pictures Farrell as a member of Washington as he poses in a batting stance. A ball, suspended by a string, is pictured hanging above his bat. This is one of 12 different poses for Farrell in the Old Judge set, which, as noted in the definitive reference guide, The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson, is an unusually large number for a non-New York player. Farrell, a second baseman, played with the Washington Nationals in 1886 and 1887 before joining the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association for the final two seasons of his Major League career. (Farrell's Major League career spanned from 1879 to 1889.) All of Farrell's Old Judge cards picture him either as a member of Washington or Baltimore. The negative (5 x 7 inches) displays a vintage piece of tape along the top of each side, each bearing a different handwritten notation. One side reads "1700 Farrell S-B Wash," while the other reads "1700 J. Farrell 2nd B Baltimore's." Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).