Stunning example of the portrait photo of Hall of Famer Adrian "Cap" Anson, an image typically found with considerable fading. This example has been freshly graded by PSA, consigned from an extremely advanced 19th Century collection. Checklisted as card #11-1 in The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Miller, Gonsowski & Masson (an absolutely essential tool, we might add, one of the most important and interesting works the hobby has ever produced), there are actually multiple versions of this card, with the variations lying in the typography. Several examples exist with Anson's name and team affiliation written across his breast, and the team affiliation also varying when typeset above the bottom of the card. This example is often labeled card #11-1a, featuring no writing across Anson's breast, and the name "A.C. Anson" and "Chicago's" typeset underneath the image. Very few examples for this variation have been made available for public sale.
The "MK" qualifier refers to some light pencil writing on the reverse that has been largely erased. Otherwise, an extremely attractive card, with very light age-related soiling on front and reverse, none of which distracts from the pleasing image. With strong corners and centering, clear text, and far stronger image contrast than is usually found on this card, an outstanding specimen.