N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of pitcher John McCarty (misspelled McCarthy on his Old Judge card). Produced by the Heyn photographic studio of Omaha, Nebraska, the card features the printed notation "Copyright 1888, Goodwin & Co." in the lower left quadrant of the photo. As part of the production process for the N172 set, Goodwin & Co. would contract with various photographers to obtain original images from staged photo shoots done in their studios. The "proof" cabinets produced by these studios, such as Heyn, were not only provided to Goodwin and other companies for their commercial use, but were also often given to players, family, or made available to the public as a means of advertising for the respective studio. In the offered cabinet photo, which offers exceptional clarity, McCarty is depicted holding a ball in a throwing pose (pose #302-1). A very elaborate advertisement for the Heyn studio appears on the reverse. McCarty only played one season at the Major League level, compiling an 8-6 record with the Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association in 1889. That brief stint; however, resulted in his inclusion in the Old Judge set, which thereby immortalized him in the eyes of collectors. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays modest corner wear and very light foxing along the base of the mount. Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by SGC. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).