1887 N172 Old Judge Hank O'Day - Newly Elected Hall of Famer!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1887 N172 Old Judge of one of the newest of all Hall of Fame members (elected by the Veterans Committee in December 2012), Hank O'Day (#355-3 pose), with the Washington Nationals. O'Day pitched parts of seven seasons for teams in the American Association, National League, and Players' League before embarking on a lengthy and noteworthy career as an umpire with nearly 4,000 games to his credit. He made the decisive call in the famous "Merkle's Boner" game, ruling Fred Merkle of the Giants missed second base as he scored the apparent game-winning run, which led to the Cubs winning the pennant and ultimately the 1908 World Series. Strong photo contrast, light wear to the corners, and centered to the right. Appearing at first to be stronger than the assigned grade, the card is accurately graded due to a horizontal crease across the center (the crease is apparent from the reverse with a slight hint of its presence visible on the front under close inspection at the perfect angle). Otherwise clean reverse with two small age spots mentioned for the sake of accuracy. This is a very attractive N172 Hall of Famer with particularly outstanding contrast and photo quality. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185