1888 N172 Old Judge Tim Keefe

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 77

Item Year: 1888

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Graded EX 60 by SGC. 1888 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Tim Keefe (pitching pose, right hand waist-high pose). Very attractive example with an 1888 copyright date. Keefe's 35 victories (against just 12 defeats) and 1.74 ERA both led the league in 1888. His records in previous years were equally impressive: 35 victories in 1887, 42 in 1886, 37 in 1885, 37 in 1884, and 41 in 1883. These seasons together, from 1883 to 1888, may have been the most dominating six seasons for any pitcher in any era. Keefe's total won-loss record for the six seasons was 222-108. He went on to win a total of 344 games in just 14 years (1880-1893). This is a magnificent card, in extremely high grade for an N172 Old Judge, dating from the peak of Tim Keefe's great powers. Superb photo quality, no creases, very light, even corner wear. Excellent condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,528

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