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1889 N172 Old Judge Amos Rusie
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440
Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Amos Rusie (rookie card) with the Indianapolis Hoosiers in a throwing pose (#395-4). Rusie is among the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers. In fact, Rusie is listed as the third rarest out of all twenty-seven Hall of Famers appearing in the set by The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890), the definitive book on Old Judges by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson. This is an outstanding example with strong photo quality of one of the most important cards of the N172 set. Amos Rusie, also known as the "Indianapolis Thunderbolt," personified power pitching in the 1890s. He was the principal reason the pitcher's mound was moved back from 50 feet to the present 60 feet 6 inches in 1893. This is a very attractive card dating from the rookie year of Amos Rusie, one of the nineteenth century's greatest stars. Bright and clean, with light wear at the corners, outstanding centering, and faint wrinkling and two tiny surface scrapes visible under close inspection. Clean blank reverse with two small age spots present (mentioned for the sake of accuracy). This is a very strong example in a desirable grade of one of the key Hall of Famer cards in the N172 Old Judge series. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,440
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