1888-89 N173 Old Judge Cabinet New York Mascot (Willie Breslin) SGC Authentic. Originally available only through the redemption of tobacco coupons through the mail, the N173 Old Judge Cabinet has been a scarce commodity since its years of issue, and represents today one of the most challenging endeavors for the trading card collector. In the late 1880s, teams had a youngster as a "mascot" or "good luck charm." The New York Giants had "Willie" Breslin. His entry within such an extensive redemption series tells us their presence, while charming in their mini-sized uniforms, certainly shouldn't be defined as mere charm. At the very least they are the first bat boys of professional baseball. Encapsulated SGC Authentic. This example is unique. The 4-1/8" x 6-1/2" mount is a standard mount with full gold border treatment and "Old Judge Cigarettes" ad from Goodwin & Co. The photo measures larger than the norm at 4-1/32" x 5-3/4." A comparison clearly shows the additional image area not seen in the others. The SGC assessment is based on the slightly smaller sized mount and was deemed "Min. Size Requirement."

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