N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of pitcher Darby O'Brien. The card features the printed notation "Copyright 89, Goodwin & Co." in the lower left quadrant of the photo. The printed player identification along the base of the photo reads "O'Brien P. 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. (Research indicates that Cleveland player proofs are known to exist only on blank mounts.) In the photo, O'Brien is pictured in a batting stance (pose #352-1). It is particularly interesting to note that O'Brien pitched for three different Cleveland teams from three different leagues: the Blues of the American Association, the Spiders of the National League, and the Infants of the Players' League. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays moderate foxing to the photo, as well as a tack hole near the center of the top and bottom borders. Reserve $750.