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1887 N172 Old Judge Tim Keefe and Richardson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $830
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Rare double-player pose N172 example featuring Hall of Famer Tim Keefe fielding the ball and Danny Richardson sliding. Very clean and attractive example with an 1887 copyright date. This card is one of the highlights from a larger collection of N172 cards, which we have broken down into several smaller lots in the auction. There are only twenty-two different double-player poses in the Old Judge set. This is one of the most desirable of the popular double-player pose cards, and one of the few to include a Hall of Famer. Keefe had 35 victories (against just 19 defeats) in 1887. His records in previous years were equally impressive: 42 in 1886, 37 in 1885, 37 in 1884, and 41 in 1883. These seasons together, from 1883 to 1887, may have been the most dominating five seasons for any pitcher in any era. He went on to win a total of 344 games in just 14 years (1880-1893). Superb photo quality, surface crease visible only on the back, and light, even corner wear. This is a magnificent, unusual, and very high quality card dating from the peak of Tim Keefe's great powers. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $830
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