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1889 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $3,231
Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. This is the only example graded at this level by SGC, with just one graded higher. Extremely rare and desirable 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Bid McPhee (#317-4 catch, hands head high pose, "John McPhee, 2d B. Cincinnati"), dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Red Stockings. McPhee is perhaps the single rarest of all the Hall of Famers in the Old Judge set. Very attractive example with 1888 copyright date. (The copyright date on the photograph of the card is "1888" but the style of the card design indicates it was issued in 1889.) 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 was 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. No creases, very light corner wear, medium contrast, and well centered. Clean front and back. An exceptional high-grade example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231
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