Graded VG 3 by SGC (submitted by REA). 1889 N172 Old Judge card of Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson (pose #388-2) dating from his playing days as catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, before stardom as captain of the Baltimore Orioles teams of the 1890s and success as one of the great coaches and managers of the early twentieth century. Wilbert Robinson is among the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers and has always been one of the key stumbling blocks to the assembly of a complete Old Judge Hall of Famer collection. In fact, Robinson is listed as the second rarest out of all twenty-seven Hall of Famers appearing in the set (trailing only Bid McPhee) by The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890), the definitive book on Old Judges by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson. This is a very attractive example of this important Hall of Famer rarity! Bright and crisp, with outstanding photo contrast, light corner wear, and centering to the right. The blank reverse is clean with a few light creases, which is responsible for the assigned grade. There are very few cards of Wilbert Robinson as a player, as his playing career spanned the years 1886 to 1902. This is an extremely attractive example of one of the most important cards in the N172 set, and one of only a few cards that vie for rookie-card status (the Kalamazoo Bats card of Robinson was issued in 1887) as one of Wilbert Robinson’s earliest cards. Reserve $1,000.