Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/7/2013
The great book The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson is one of the few books that takes a scholarly approach to collecting, providing unparalleled analysis of one of the hobby's greatest (and most mysterious) card issues.  At Love of the Game we have an immense amount of respect for scholarly analysis of card issues, and consider the book to be one of the greatest resources in our library.

Therefore we take it serious when we read that Amos Rusie is listed third among all the set's Hall of Famers in terms of rarity, and also one of the top 100 most rare cards in the massive set.  This example, checklisted as #395-3, is fresh to the hobby, having been tucked away in an original owner collection since it's issue in 1889.  Rusie, the Hall of Fame Giants pitcher who won 12 games in his debut season with the Indianapolis Hoosiers, is represented here on his first card, making this a very difficult card to obtain for Hall of Fame rookie card collectors.

The card, conservatively graded GOOD 2 with an MK qualifier by PSA, boasts one of the stronger images of the group of N172s we obtained for this auction, the grade accounted for largely due to edge and corner wear.  The image and surface are strong, with no creasing.  The MK qualifier is a result of the owner stamp on the reverse.

An outstanding example of a truly difficult Hall of Fame rookie card.

Population Data
PSA Population: 3 total graded, 1 at this level, 2 higher
SGC Population: 28 total graded, 4 at this level, 19 higher*

*Since SGC does not categorize Old Judges by pose variation, the 28 cards reflected in their population report includes all five known poses of Rusie.
Scarce 1887 N172 Old Judge Amos Rusie (HOF RC) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)Scarce 1887 N172 Old Judge Amos Rusie (HOF RC) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)
Scarce 1887 N172 Old Judge Amos Rusie (HOF RC) - PSA GOOD 2 (MK)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,006
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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