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1887 N172 Old Judge Mike "King" Kelly - Portrait
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,800.00
Graded NM 84 by SGC. Extraordinarily high grade 1887 N172 Old Judge portrait of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly with hat with "Chicago" on jersey, identified as "$10,000 Kelly." By any measure, this is one of the key cards in the Old Judge set, being both a portrait and featuring the legendary "$10,000 Kelly" with Chicago. Kelly earned this nickname when he was sold from Boston to Chicago following the 1887 season for this then unheard of sum. It is interesting to note that when this card was issued late in 1887 Kelly had already been sold to Boston, though he is pictured in a Chicago uniform as Old Judge did not yet have photos of Kelly in a Boston uniform. This portrait pose, featuring Mike "King" Kelly with Chicago, is among the most desirable of the thirty-nine very popular Old Judge portrait cards. This is a very sharp looking card, with strong square corners showing just the slightest hint of wear. As is often the case with Old Judges, the contrast is just a little light, but this example compares very favorably to many others. This card is extremely clean both front and back. This is an outstanding example of one of Kelly's most impressive cards, and a world-class example of one of the rarest and most desirable Hall of Famer poses in the Old Judge set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,800.00
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