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.