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1888 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,994

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Extremely rare and desirable 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Bid McPhee (fielding, hands ankle high, "McPHEE, 2d B. Cincinnati") dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Red Stockings. (Note: The copyright date on the photograph of the card is "1888" but the style of the card design defines this card as being issued in 1889). 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 on the surface does not appear to warrant election, but McPhee was widely considered the very best fielding second baseman of his era, and he is now the only nineteenth-century second baseman in the Hall. No major creases, even corner wear, and a very slight diamond cut. Clean front and back. This is an exceptional example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,994

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