See the photo of the book by W.G. Grace in 1899, he classes Frank Sugg as one of the greatest of his times, naming Sugg as 2nd of 60 players he outlines
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This Frank Sugg card is from the same series as the noted W.G. Grace (now slabbed by SCG) card, this is a circa 1887 British-made card, dated by the inclusion of Reverend Napier in the series and also by the source: it came from a scrapbook which had been started in "1884", the date written on page 1 had been inscribed by the scrapbook's keeper; and similarly end-dated "1887-88" by the same hand. The card itself is by an unknown maker of cards (it may well be W.N. Sharpe, of Bradford) and it shows Frank Sugg c.1888 when he played for Lancashire CCC - and Everton. He'd also played for Bolton Wanderers, Burnley and was captain of Sheffield Wednesday and captain of Derby County, in earlier days. The card is not earlier than 1887.
SEE SUPPORTING photo of the W.G. Grace card, now slabbed