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1887 N172 Old Judge Tommy McCarthy
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Bright and clean double-player pose N172 example featuring Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy (Phila.) tagging out a player. There are only twenty-two different double-player poses in the Old Judge set. This is among the most desirable of the popular double-player pose cards as it is one of the few to include a Hall of Famer. McCarthy's statistics are unimpressive for a Hall of Famer, but his creative innovations left an unforgettable mark on the game. McCarthy had played for manager Frank Selee's Oshkosh champions in the North Western League in 1887, and after four years in the American Association was reunited with Selee in Boston. Selee encouraged innovative baseball, and McCarthy is credited with perfecting, if not inventing, the hit-and-run; runner-to-batter signals; and an outfield trap, designed to freeze forced baserunners, where if the runner stayed on base McCarthy would trap the ball and get at least a force out and possibly a double play. The card is very well centered with slightly and evenly rounded corners. Outstanding contrast. Extremely clean front and back. Only a small surface chip at the extreme tip of the lower left corner possibly keeps this card from a higher grade. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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