Extremely rare and desirable 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty (#123-5 pose) dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Philadelphia Quakers. 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 FAIR 1.5. Delahanty is one of the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers, and in our experience, this is a particularly rare pose among the five Delahanty poses in the N172 set. While this card features Delahanty with the Philadelphia Quakers 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 only the second Delahanty fielding pose we can recall ever offering! There are very few baseball cards of Delahanty, due to his untimely and tragic death in 1903, and the fact that few baseball card sets were issued during the years in which he played (1888 to 1903). Delahanty was one of the premier stars of the nineteenth century. This card has strong contrast, evenly rounded corners, and heavy creasing most visible from the back. The blank reverse has moderate soiling and evidence of scrapbook removal. This is a very pleasing example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).