N172 Old Judge card featuring Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy in a throwing pose (#301-2). This is a fresh-to-the-hobby example consigned to this auction by the family of the original owner. Extremely clean front with a strong image and strong corners (more wear in the upper right). On the reverse are a few scattered ink blotches. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC (submitted by REA) because it measures very slightly small top to bottom. 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. A very presentable card worthy of any N172 Old Judge or Hall of Fame collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).