Exceedingly rare, newly discovered 1889 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Amos Rusie (rookie card) with the Indianapolis Hoosiers in a throwing pose (#395-1). This card originates from a new-to-the-hobby collection of nineteenth-century cards that had been carefully saved in the pages of a scrapbook for over a century. This card was carefully removed from the scrapbook by a professional conservator using deionized water. It was submitted to SGC for grading with this information and SGC graded the card FAIR 1.5. 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 in 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 crisp, with even wear at the corners, centering toward the bottom left, and moderate creasing visible on back. The team name has been scratched off and the blank reverse has "New York" written in the center. This is a very attractive modestly example of one of the key Hall of Famer cards in the N172 Old Judge series. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).