N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of shortstop Ed McKean. The card features the printed notation "Copyright 89, Goodwin & Co." in the lower right quadrant of the photo. The printed player identification along the base of the photo reads "McKean S. S. Cleveland." 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 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. This particular proof is unusual in that no photographer's credit appears on the front or reverse. In the photo, McKean is pictured with his hands cupped in front of him, about to "catch" the ball that is displayed hanging from string above him (pose #314-4). McKean played with the Cleveland Blues of the American Association in 1887 and 1888, and stayed with the club in 1889 when it joined the National League. McKean's spent his first 12 Major League seasons with Cleveland (1887-1898) before ending his career with St. Louis in 1899. An outstanding hitter, McKean batted over .300 on five different occasions and finished his career with a .302 lifetime average. He was also a key member of Cleveland's 1895 World Championship club. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays light foxing to both the photo and mount, as well as a single tack hole near the center of the top border. SGC has encapsulated the card and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $750. Estimate (open).