Exceedingly rare, newly discovered 1889 N172 Old Judge card of Hall of Famer Deacon White of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (pose #496-6). This card originates from a new-to-the-hobby collection of nineteenth-century cards that had been carefully saved in the pages of a scrapbook for over a century. This card was carefully removed from the scrapbook by a professional conservator using deionized water. It was submitted to SGC for grading with this information and SGC graded the card GOOD+ 2.5. Deacon White has always been a particularly scarce and desirable player in the Old Judge set, and his new status as a Hall of Famer, of course, substantially increases the desirability of his N172 cards. White was one of the game's top players during the early years of professional baseball. Considered the finest bare-handed catcher of his day, he began his career with Cleveland in 1871 before joining Harry Wright's Boston Red Stockings in 1873. White led Boston to three consecutive pennants before moving to other teams, including Detroit where he teamed with Dan Brouthers, Hardy Richardson, and Jack Rowe. White attained league-leading marks in batting and RBI at various points during his career and retired after the 1890 season with a .303 lifetime average. In addition to his individual achievements, White is also remembered for his innovations with regard to the catching position. White was not only the first professional catcher to wear a mask, but also the first to wear a glove and the first to stand directly behind the batter with no one on base. The offered example is clean and crisp, both front and back, with solid image contrast and flawless registration. Centered toward the left with even wear to the corners, and a surface indentation on White's right elbow. Entirely crease and wrinkle-free with a faint glue stain on the blank reverse. This is a very attractive and extremely rare N172 example of Hall of Famer James "Deacon" White. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).