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1888 Goodwin Champions
Fall 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 7
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions
Graded by PSA as EX-MT 6
Starting Bid: $4,000
Issued in 1888 by Goodwin and Co. of New York, the 50-card "Champions" set features a variety of athletes, including eight different baseball players. Regarded as one of the most attractive sets ever produced, these cards feature detailed player portraits and vivid multi-colored artwork. The set includes such notable Hall-of-Famers as Dan Brouthers, Tim Keefe, "King" Kelly, and "Cap" Anson.
The offered card pictures Hall-of-Fame legend Adrian "Cap" Anson. One of the nineteenth century's greatest players, Anson's career spanned 27 consecutive seasons (1871-1897). He was the first player to record 3,000 hits, he finished his career with a .334 lifetime batting average, and he was elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1939.
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, this example has absolutely spectacular visual appeal. It is near perfectly centered with gorgeous powder-white borders, outstanding corner quality for the grade, amazing boldly colored artwork, and superb surface quality. The image of Anson is much sharper than you normally find on this issue. Extraordinary quality for the grade!