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1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe PSA NM 7
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,778
Graded NM 7 by PSA. N28 Allen & Ginter of Tim Keefe, one of the nineteenth century's greatest pitching stars. This tobacco card was issued at the peak of Keefe's Hall of Fame career. His 35 victories (against just 12 defeats) and 1.74 ERA both led the league in 1888. Keefe's record of wins in previous years were equally impressive: 35 victories in 1887, 42 in 1886, 37 in 1885, 37 in 1884, and 41 in 1883. These seasons together, from 1883 to 1888, may have been the most dominating six seasons for any pitcher in any era. Keefe's total won-loss record for the six seasons was 222-108. He went on to win a total of 344 games in just 14 years (1880-1893). Bright and clean front with flawless colors and just a hint of wear to each of the four corners as well as light chipping along the right and bottom edges. The checklist reverse displays extensive evidence of pencil erasure to the left of each column where tiny check marks were placed next to the names. This is visible under close inspection and appears to have been missed or otherwise not acounted for by PSA and very likely should be designated with a "MK" qualifier or appropriately downgraded to account for this flaw. Despite this minor and not-easily-seen fault, the offered example remains a very sharp-looking card of Tim Keefe, one of baseball's greatest pitching legends, from one of the most popular of all nineteenth-century sets. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,778
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