Graded EX 60 by SGC. Extraordinary 1889 N172 Old Judge portrait example of Cap Anson (pose #11-1). The offered card features an extremely strong portrait of the nineteenth century's greatest star. The top of Anson's portrait usually blends into the background of the card due to the combination of fading natural to Old Judges and the lack of contrast provided by the blank background. On this incredibly bold example, Anson's portrait is so strong it contrasts sharply against the blank background. Bright, clean, and exceptionally crisp, both front and back, and with extraordinary contrast. With a loop, you can even count the dots on Anson's tie. (To put this in perspective, the photo quality on many N172 Ansons is so poor that many collectors don't even realize that Anson's tie has any dots.) This stunning example has been downgraded from an even higher grade by SGC due to the slightest hint of corner wear and a tiny black dot (possibly ink) just to the right above Anson's head. Well centered, with four square corners, and superb clarity, this is a world-class example of N172 Cap Anson, one of nineteenth-century card collecting's most desirable classics. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.