N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of Nat Hudson of the St. Louis Browns. Produced by the Scholten Portraits studio of St. Louis, the premier baseball photographic studio in St. Louis during the 1880s. Scholten provided many images of St. Louis (and Louisville) players for use by Goodwin in the N172 and N173 Old Judge series. The "proof" cabinets, which feature the image on a mount with advertising for the studio in the lower margin, that were produced by the studio were not only provided to Goodwin & Co. or 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. This is a fascinating and particularly scarce cabinet card with light image contrast in some areas. Hudson is depicted in a batting stance (pose #239-2) in his St. Louis Browns uniform and trademark pillbox hat. A very elaborate advertisement for Scholten Portraits, including information about its prize-winning endeavors at numerous fairs and competitions, covers the entire reverse. Overall Good condition, with moderate wear on the top edge and a crease in the lower right, a chip of paper loss on the lower left corner of the reverse, and scattered soiling on front and back. This is an outstanding N173 cabinet proof card that would be a worthy addition to even the most advanced nineteenth-century baseball collection. Reserve $750.