1887 N172 Old Judge Jim O'Rourke

Sold For: $1,304

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 36

Item Year: 1887

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

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Graded EX 60 by SGC. 1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke (#358-1 pose) with the New York Giants. This card was one of the highlights of a large totally untouched collection of N172 cards consigned to this auction, which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. This is a strong card for any Old Judge, with a perfectly clean front, no creases, excellent picture quality and contrast, just a little light wear on the still square corners, and dust soiling to the reverse. One of the great early stars of the game, O'Rourke batted .300 or better in thirteen of his twenty-two years in the National Association, National League, and Players' League, and was a member of seven championship clubs, five of them in Boston during the 1870s. He was also the first player to record a hit in National League history. When O'Rourke returned to the Giants to catch one game on September 22, 1904, at age 52, he became the oldest man to complete a Major League game. An exceptional high-grade Old Judge Hall of Famer in Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,304

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