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1888 N172 Old Judge Tommy McCarthy
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Graded GOOD+ 2.5 by PSA. Outstanding N172 Old Judge card featuring St. Louis Browns Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy in a throwing pose (#301-8). McCarthy's statistics are unimpressive for a Hall of Famer, but his creative innovations left an unforgettable mark on the game. McCarthy had played for manager Frank Selee's Oshkosh champions in the North Western League in 1887, and after four years in the American Association was reunited with Selee in Boston. Selee encouraged innovative baseball, and McCarthy is credited with perfecting, if not inventing, the hit-and-run; runner-to-batter signals; and an outfield trap, designed to freeze forced baserunners, so that if the runner stayed on base McCarthy would trap the ball and get at least a force out and possibly a double play. This card presents as Ex-Mt from the front, with strong photo contrast and image quality and four square corners. A few small creases and evidence of album removal on the blank reverse account for the modest assigned grade. A superb N172 example of Tommy McCarthy, worthy of any N172, Hall of Fame, or nineteenth-century card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $720
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