Lot # 36: 1889 Cabinet Jimmy McAleer Cleveland - N173 Old Judge Proof

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N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of outfielder Jimmy McAleer. 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 "McAleer C. F. 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, McAleer is pictured with his hands extended while fielding a ground ball (Pose #300-3). McAleer was a key member of Cleveland's 1895 World Championship club. He also went on the become president and part owner of the Boston Red Sox. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays light foxing to both the photo and mount as well as a single tack hole near the center of the top border and an edge chip on the lower right. Reserve $1,000.

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