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Graded VG 40 by SGC (submitted by REA). 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet card of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly with Boston (batting pose #254-5). This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby find of fifteen N173s, including five Hall of Famers and two Dogs Head cards, discovered by a non-collector in Maine among the possessions of his grandfather, all consigned to this auction. This is an ideal example of one of the all-time classic nineteenth-century cabinet cards and one of the most impressive of all "King" Kelly cards. All Old Judge cabinets are extremely desirable, as are all examples of Hall of Famers, and Mike "King" Kelly is one of the most prominent of all nineteenth-century Hall of Famers. He was also nicknamed "$10,000 Kelly" after Chicago sold his contract for that amount to Boston following the 1886 season. At the time, $10,000 was an unheard-of sum for a player, but Kelly was so great and such a popular draw with fans that he was worth it. This is a stunning card! The image on this card is very bold. Extremely clean, both front and back. Spectacular contrast (far superior to what is normally found on this card). A crease in the upper-left corner is responsible for the modest grade.
Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.