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1889 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,110.00
Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Extremely rare and desirable 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Bid McPhee (#317-3 pose; stooping, hands ankle high, "McPHEE, 2d B. Cincinnati") dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Red Stockings. (The copyright date on the photograph of the card is "1888" but the style of the card design indicates it was issued in 1889.) McPhee is perhaps the single rarest of all the Hall of Famers in the Old Judge set. Many historians were surprised by McPhee's election to the Hall. On the surface, his .275 lifetime batting average over eighteen seasons does not appear to warrant election, but McPhee was widely considered the very best fielding second baseman of his era, and he is now the only nineteenth-century second baseman in the Hall. Bright and clean, with excellent photo quality, perfect centering, no creases, and even corner wear (a little more pronounced in the upper right). The back has a few light spots of toning and some minor surface abrasions near the bottom. Excellent or better appearance! This card, a highlight of a newly discovered original-owner N172 collection (comprised exclusively of Cincinnati Reds players!) consigned to this auction, is a very strong example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110.00
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