1887 N172 Old Judge Jim O'Rourke

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 29

Item Year: 1887

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

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Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. 1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke (#358-3 pose) with the New York Giants in a classic throwing pose. 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. This is a sharp-looking card with a crisp image, perfectly clean front and back, near-perfect centering, and light wear at the corners. Several light surface wrinkles on the reverse are responsible for the modest assigned grade. An outstanding example of this nineteenth-century Hall of Famer that, as can easily be seen, displays much stronger than its technical grade. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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