Lot # 80: 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter Tim Keefe PSA EX 5

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Graded EX 5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Exceptional mid-grade N28 Allen & Ginter of Tim Keefe. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. Bright and crisp, both front and back, with flawless registration, and four strong corners (a bit more wear on the upper right). A very light stain is visible near upper left corner and minor foxing on the right edge of 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, 32 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 342 games in just 14 years (1880-1893). This is a stunning mid-grade card of one of baseball’s greatest pitching legends from one of the most popular of all nineteenth-century sets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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