Lot # 88: 1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Roger Connor SGC VG/EX 4 - Batting Pose Unique to N173

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM



Graded VG/EX 4 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare and important card of Hall of Famer Roger Connor of the New York Giants (#88-5 pose) from the N173 Old Judge cabinet series. This is one of the most impressive and interesting of all Roger Connor cards. Most advanced Old Judge collectors will notice that this pose of Connor is not particularly familiar to them, since it appears only in woodcut form in the Yum Yum tobacco and G & B candy card sets. This particular pose does not appear in the small N172 Old Judge set. It can be found only in the larger N173 cabinet series cards. Interestingly, a woodcut image of this pose of Connor was also used on the cover of an 1880s scorecard specifically advertising for Old Judge Cigarettes. Yet, despite its use on cards and advertisements as a woodcut image, this is the only card featuring a photograph of this pose of Connor. In addition, this also happens to be an extremely rare card among N173 Old Judge cabinets. We have handled only one other N173 of this Connor pose in the last eighteen years! All Old Judge cabinets are very desirable, as are all examples Hall of Famers. The fact that this is Roger Connor, one of the most prominent of all nineteenth-century Hall of Famers, and a pose unique to the N173 cabinets, make this a particularly interesting and significant card. This is a stunning card! The image on this card is very bold with spectacular contrast. Light soiling on the reverse of the card is responsible for the modest grade. Old Judge cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors as among the most desirable of all pre-1900 issues. This is a very unusual and extremely noteworthy Hall of Famer example. Reserve $5,000.

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