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1887 N172 Old Judge Old Hoss Radbourn (Obscene Gesture)

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,320.00

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. 1887 N172 Old Judge example of Hall of Famer Old Hoss Radbourn, Boston (hands on hip with obscene gesture pose). This card pictures Radbourn in his second year with Boston and of special note, while not formally documented anywhere, he is, in fact, subtly giving an obscene gesture with his middle finger. In addition to being one of the greatest pitching stars of the era, Radbourn was also quite a character, and he would quite often practice tricking photographers into capturing his image giving this gesture. He was often successful, in various posed team photographs as well as on this Old Judge card. This fact gives this Hall of Fame card an additional dimension of significance that is very much appreciated by collectors. Nicknamed Old Hoss for his dependability and endurance, in 1883 and 1884 Radbourn actually won more games for Providence than four entire NL teams. He made 68 starts in 1883, winning a league-high 49 games, including a no-hitter over Cleveland July 25. The next season, Radbourn completed all 73 of his starts, with 60 wins, 441 strikeouts, and a 1.38 ERA in 678.2 innings. He also won 18 consecutive games that year and pitched 11 shutouts. This card has evenly rounded corners and, as is often the case with Old Judges, the picture is a touch light. The card has some soiling on the reverse along with some very minor remnants of having at one time been glued into a scrapbook (this is also very common with Old Judges); otherwise this is a very attractive Vg example of this important and fascinating Hall of Famer card. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,320.00


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