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1888 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $13,920.00
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC, one of just two examples ever graded by SGC at that level with none graded higher. Extremely rare and desirable 1888 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Bid McPhee (batting, looking at ball pose, "John McPhee, 2d B. Cincinnati") dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Very attractive example with 1888 copyright date. 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. His .275 lifetime batting average over eighteen seasons does not on the surface appear to warrant election, but McPhee is widely considered to be the very best fielding second baseman of his era, and he is now the only nineteenth-century second baseman in the Hall. Superb photo quality, no creases, very light, even corner wear and centered to the right. Clean front and back. An exceptional example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $13,920.00
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