Love of the Game Auctions Spring 2023 Premier Auction


21. 1887 N172 Old Judge Bid McPhee (HOF) - PSA FR 1.5

24. 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Ty Cobb (HOF) - SGC GOOD 2 Beautiful example of one of the most attractive of all 19th Century issues, depicting one of the era’s most popular players. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939, Ewing, along with Cap Anson, have certainly been the most popular and enduring players of their era and this is certainly one of his most attractive cards. Bright and colorful, the card’s primary flaws relate to some soiling and surface wear, the soiling more pronounced on the reverse. Some light abrasions are visible near the bottom left area of the card. All in all, a wonderful example of the key card in the N29 Allen & Ginter issue. 23. 1888 N29 Allen & Ginter Buck Ewing (HOF) - SGC GD+ 2.5 MINIMUM BID: $500

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, John Alexander “Bid” McPhee was a slick-fielding second baseman who spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds, the last second baseman to play without a glove. Though he had a lifetime batting average of .272 with 568 stolen bases, he was best known for his defense, the only second baseman to top 500 putouts in a season. He is one of just three Hall of Famers to play their entire career with the Cincinnati Reds, and the only starting second

baseman the Reds had for their first 18 years as a team.

Cards of McPhee are highly prized by advanced collectors, as he is the toughest Hall of Famer in the N172 issue, and there are no other cardboard options for hobbyists seeking a card from his playing career. This example, freshly graded by PSA, exhibits wear and soiling, though the image is clear and reasonably well-defined. Some moderate foxing and soiling on the reverse contributes to the grade. Regardless, McPhee cards are extremely desirable in any condition, and quite rare. One of the most sought-after cards of all 19th Century Hall of Famers, one of just 17 examples to have been graded by PSA among five different N172 poses known.

The American Caramel E90-1 issue is sometimes referred to as the T206 of caramel issues, and has been dubbed “The Kraken” in some quarters due to the challenges of collection the 120 subjects found within. Ty Cobb is among the many Hall of Famers in the set, which was issued with a stick of caramel that, as one might imagine, led to condition issues that plague the set. This example was spared some of the more direct results of that, though a light stain is visible at the top left. The card has been well-


22. 1909 E101 Ty Cobb (HOF) - SGC PR 1

Collector-grade example of the difficult and desirable card of Ty Cobb, from the tougher E101 caramel issue. Graded POOR 1 by SGC, the card does exhibit some creasing and soiling, the creasing breaking the surface of the card in places. An highly sought-after card in any grade. MINIMUM BID: $1,000

handled but not abused, with a light surface indentation and a very light horizontal bend in the card near the left edge. Corners exhibit rounding with some surface abrasions near the bottom border of the card. All in all, however, an extremely strong example given the grade.



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