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Lot # 114 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1887 N172 Old Judge Mike King Kelly - Portrait

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Exceptionally bold 1887 N172 Old Judge portrait card of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly with "Boston" on jersey, identified as "$10,000 Kelly." All Old Judge portrait cards are very desirable. This portrait pose, featuring Mike "King" Kelly with Boston, is one of the most desirable cards in the Old Judge set. While it may have no bearing on value, this particular card has a very interesting history, as it was once personally owned by Billy Sunday, the ballplayer who became so very well known as a preacher after his Major League playing days. Sunday was a teammate of Kelly with Chicago from 1883 to 1886. The card was purchased in 1973 by Keith Mitchell, one of the hobby's earliest advanced Old Judge collectors, along with other materials from the Sunday estate, and the card is accompanied with a detailed letter by Keith Mitchell documenting the interesting history of the card. The card features a very bold portrait, with outstanding contrast, no creases, and just a little corner wear. There is a small area of minor surface paper loss to the blank reverse, obviously the result of having long ago been taped or glued into an album and later removed. The front is in Excellent condition (possibly Vg-Ex/Ex due to a hint of rounding to corners). This is an outstanding example of one of Kelly's most impressive cards, and one of the rarest and most desirable Hall of Famer poses in the Old Judge set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,640.00


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