Lot # 74: 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe SGC NM 84

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Graded NM 84 by SGC. One of only eight examples graded at this level by SGC with just two higher. Exceptional ultra high-grade N28 Allen & Ginter of Tim Keefe. Bright and clean, both front and back, with flawless registration and bold colors. Centered toward the lower left and a boldly printed checklist on the reverse. This tobacco card was issued at the peak of Keefe's Hall of Fame career. Keefe's 35 victories (against just 12 defeats) and 1.74 ERA both led the league in 1888. His records in previous years were equally impressive: 35 victories in 1887, 42 in 1886, 37 in 1885, 37 in 1884, and 41 in 1883. These seasons together, from 1883 to 1888, may have been the most dominating six seasons for any pitcher in any era. Keefe's total won-loss record for the six seasons was 222-108. He went on to win a total of 344 games in just 14 years (1880-1893). This is a stunning high-grade card of one of baseball's greatest pitching legends from one of the most popular of all nineteenth-century sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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