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    1887 N172 Old Judge Orator Jim O'Rourke (#358-3) PSA Mint 9 - Only Seven "Mint 9" N172s on Record! He was nicknamed "Orator Jim" as it seems he could talk as well as play a good game. He is credited with belting out the first hit of the newly formed National League in April of 1876. Over the course of his 16-year career he batted a healthy .311 lifetime playing in both the National Association and Major League Baseball. It was the Giants who paid for his attendance to Yale Law School as he practiced law during the off-season. It is believed O'Rourke is the oldest man to hit safely in a major league game. His final appearance came in 1904 for John McGraw's New York Giants at the ripe old age of fifty-three.

    Grade: PSA Mint 9; Pose: #358-3 Throw, R/hand head high; Caption: JIM O'ROURKE, 3d B. N. Y's.; Photo Quality: Very-Good to Excellent. According to the PSA census report, the firm has graded over 4,000 Old Judge tobacco cards. Only seven (less than one-quarter of one percent) have earned the almost unheard of rating of "Mint." This is the finest of a total population of only fifteen submissions. A huge bonus rests in the featured player who is HoFer Orator Jim O'Rourke!


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