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Two Circa 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinets (2)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
Two rare N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet cards. An impressive looking and noteworthy pair of these extremely substantial nineteenth-century rarities: 1) Jim Mutrie , manager of New York (four tack holes, one in each corner, otherwise overall Ex with tremendous photo contrast). This card is very well known for featuring New York Giants manager James Mutrie in all his splendor. Mutrie was always well known for his fine dress and immaculate grooming, both of which are clearly in evidence in this rare and elaborately posed cabinet card photograph. One of the leading figures in the game in the 1880s, Mutrie led the prominent New York club to three championships during that decade. 2) John Tener, Chicago (Vg appearance on front, but stain in upper right corner and with remnants on the reverse from being removed from a scrapbook long ago). Rare 1889 copyright date. John Tener was extremely prominent both on and off the field. The first ex-player to become a president of a Major League, Tener pitched for Cap Anson's Chicago White Stockings. After his baseball career, Tener entered banking and politics, and was elected to Congress in 1908. In 1911 he was elected governor of Pennsylvania, and in 1914 he was asked to become president of the National League. He accepted and served as NL president until 1918, when he resigned over a dispute with the American League over the contract of a player. Old Judge cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors as among the most desirable of all pre-1900 issues. This is a very attractive pair of these substantial cards, each of a significant subject, from one of card collecting’s most important early issues. Total 2 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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