1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Hank O'Day (#355-1 pose) with the Washington Nationals. This is a fresh-to-the-hobby example consigned to this auction by the family of the original owner. O'Day pitched parts of seven seasons for teams in the American Association, National League, and Players' League before embarking on a lengthy and noteworthy career as an umpire with nearly 4,000 games to his credit. He made the decisive call in the famous "Merkle's Boner" game, ruling Fred Merkle of the Giants missed second base as he scored the apparent game-winning run, which led to the Cubs winning the pennant and ultimately the 1908 World Series. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC (submitted by REA), this example displays superb photo contrast, even wear at the corners, and centering to the top. It measures very slightly small top to bottom, which is responsible for the assigned grade. It would grade modestly otherwise due to a strip of paper loss on the front that extends from the left edge to the bottom border but misses the entire player image. The blank reverse displays mild soiling and a few spots of staining. This is a very desirable and relatively affordable N172 example of Hall of Famer Hank O’Day. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).