Lot # 53: 1887 N172 Old Judge Hank O'Day

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1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Hank O'Day (#355-3 pose) with the Washington Nationals. 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. Graded POOR 10 by SGC, this example displays superb photo contrast, lightly rounded corners, and centering to the right. Downgraded due to a tack hole at the top, two purple ink stamps and the number "19" written in pencil on the reverse. This is a very desirable and relatively affordable N172 example of Hall of Famer Hank O’Day. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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