August 9, 2018: Sports & Americana Auction
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Hard to imagine owning anything cooler than an Old Judge card purportedly portraying the inspiration for Ernest L. Thayer’s legendary poem “Casey at the Bat.” While it may have been a 19th-century version of “alternative fact,” it’s true enough that Dan Casey of Philadelphia and three other major-league teams in a seven-year career sold the idea well enough that he was given a parade honoring him as “Casey” and was featured in a national radio broadcast asserting as much. Plus, he participated in a reenactment of “Casey at the Bat” at the ripe old age of 78. And this despite Thayer’s denial that the classic poem was based on an actual player. Principally a pitcher, Casey saw his most extensive playing time with the Philadelphia Quakers from 1886 to 1889, appearing in 142 games. He led the National League with a 2.86 ERA and four shutouts in 1887 as a Quaker, and over the course of his career compiled a 96-90 log with a 3.18 ERA and 743 strikeouts. Such an august record is duly commemorated here in a striking example of his Old Judge card, an example that actually presents a good deal better than its technical grade. With a strong, vivid image and corners that seemingly approach Excellent, the card is saddled with a lower designation because of oft-cited paper residue on the reverse and a stamping that reads “Aug. 1, 1904.”
1887 N172 Old Judge Dan Casey PSA 11887 N172 Old Judge Dan Casey PSA 1
1887 N172 Old Judge Dan Casey PSA 1
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Auction closed on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
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