Lot # 50: 1889 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 47 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM



Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare and desirable 1889 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. (The copyright date on the photograph of the card is "1888" but the style of the card design indicates it was issued in 1889.) 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. No creases, very light corner wear, and centered to the right. The reverse has ink notations. (It was very common long ago for collectors to write on the back of cards; this "comes with the territory" with many nineteenth-century cards, especially Old Judges). An exceptional example of one of the most highly prized and significant rarities in the N172 Old Judge set. Opening Bid $1,000.

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