Lot # 94: 1888-1889 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee

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Extremely rare and desirable N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Bid McPhee (#317-4 pose) dating from his playing days as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Red Stockings. McPhee is perhaps the single rarest of all the Hall of Famers in the Old Judge set. Many historians were surprised by McPhee's election to the Hall. On the surface, his .275 lifetime batting average over eighteen seasons does not appear to warrant election, but McPhee was widely considered the very best fielding second baseman of his era, and he is now the only nineteenth-century second baseman in the Hall of Fame. This card displays a very strong image, with outstanding contrast. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC due to the upper right corner missing and the advertisement on the bottom clipped off. The blank reverse has evidence of album removal and pencil writing. Despite the obvious flaws, this is a presentable example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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