N162 identifies what may be the most gorgeous card set of the Nineteenth Century. A multi-sport set that included eight baseball players, "Champions" were issued in 1888 by Goodwin & Co., who were also responsible for the massive Old Judge series. Setting an early bar for high quality, the set is revered today for it's stunning color lithography and superb player selection. One look at this PSA 4 Cap Anson shows why.
A golden, setting sun glints of a sky full of clouds behind the mustachioed and well-coiffed White Stockings captain, looking regal in his uniform and brimming with confidence. Fine detail can be seen and it's apparent this is a work that was deliberate and undertaken with care, created by a trained hand. Centered a tad up and to the left, three corners are tipped to varying degrees, with a fourth exhibiting very gentle wear. Some light foxing can be seen, primarily in the lower border. The color work is fantastic and bold, with unbelievable contrast and registration, far superior to what is typically seen with this card. The reverse has some light foxing as well, scattered throughout, with dark, black text and looks fantastic. A wonderful card, which belies its grade in the best possible way.