Graded VG 40 by SGC. Stunning 1887 N172 Old Judge portrait example of Cap Anson. The offered card features an extremely strong portrait of the nineteenth century's greatest star. The card has a little general wear, including slightly rounded corners, and very light soiling on the reverse, but no creases, and a very impressive overall appearance, especially for the grade. The quality of the photograph is very strong for this card (photo quality is often light on Anson Old Judges), and with excellent contrast between the portrait and the background (which is also sometimes a problem with this card). There is a very thin line of residue (barely visible; appears to be from a rubber band) across Anson's necktie, which is responsible for this card being downgraded from a much higher grade. Technically mid grade but with a far stronger appearance, this is an extremely impressive N172 Cap Anson, one of the most important cards in the Old Judge set and one of the nineteenth century's most desirable and classic cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.