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1887 N172 Old Judge Tim Keefe
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,080
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. 1887 N172 Old Judge of New York Giants Hall of Famer Tim Keefe (pose #251-3). Very attractive example with tremendous image quality and photo contrast. 1887 copyright date. Keefe had 35 victories (against just 19 defeats) in 1887. His records in previous years were equally impressive: 42 wins in 1886, 37 in 1885, 37 in 1884, and 41 in 1883. Extremely strong image, with light touches of wear at the corners and perfect centering. Strong Excellent appearance, downgraded due to two small ink stamps on the blank reverse. Flaws such as this "come with the territory" when dealing with nineteenth-century cards, and collectors place far more significance on the strength of the image (which is superb in this case) instead of the technical grade. This is the type of card we marvel at as being one of vintage card-collecting's greatest values. An outstanding example of Tim Keefe from the peak of his legendary career worthy of any N172, Hall of Fame, or nineteenth-century card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.SOLD FOR $1,080
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