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1887 N172 Old Judge Orator Jim O'Rourke - PSA MINT 9

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $11,163

The one and only N172 Jim O'Rourke graded MINT 9 by PSA (throwing pose - "3d B., N.Y's."). This extraordinary card is the highest PSA-graded 1887 N172 Old Judge example in the world of Jim O'Rourke. This is the only N172 Jim O'Rourke (of any pose!) graded at the MINT level, with none graded higher. As nineteenth-century card collectors are well aware, it is extremely rare to find even a common N172 Old Judge graded MINT by PSA, let alone a Hall of Famer. The fact that Jim O'Rourke is one of the premier stars of the nineteenth century, and one of only twenty-seven Hall of Famers in the entire Old Judge set, makes this ultra high-grade example a particularly noteworthy nineteenth-century condition rarity. We may never see another example of Jim O'Rourke graded PSA MINT 9. This is an incredible and outstanding card in all respects. Bright and crisp, both front and back, with flawless square corners, and with spectacular contrast. A tiny age spot on the reverse is mentioned for the sake of accuracy. The highest-graded N172 Old Judge of Jim O'Rourke in existence, this is a card which would be an extremely significant highlight in any of the world's greatest card collections, including even the most advanced Old Judge, nineteenth-century, or Hall of Famer card collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $11,163

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