Original glass-plate negative used in the production of John "Tug" Arundel'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 just the second example we have ever offered and we have seen fewer than 12 others at auction in the past 20 years. All the Old Judge images were taken in a studio setting, with many capturing the players in an "action" pose. The offered example pictures Arundel as a member of Indianapolis as he stands poised to catch a ball, suspended by a string, in front of him. This is one of five different poses for Arundel in the Old Judge set. Arundel, a catcher, played only four seasons in the Major Leagues, each with a different club. His two years in the American Association were spent with Philadelphia (1882) and Toledo (1884). In 1887 he joined Indianapolis of the National League, and he ended his career the following season with Washington, also in the National League. All of Arundel's Old Judge cards picture him with Indianapolis in 1887, which was the only season in the Majors in which saw any significant playing time (he appeared in 43 games that year). 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 "J. Arundel C/Indianapolis," while the other side displays a series of numerals. Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).