Lot # 44: 1887 N172 Old Judge Mike "King" Kelly - Boston Portrait

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Graded VG 3 by PSA. Exceptional example of this particularly rare portrait pose (#254-3) of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly with "Boston" on his jersey, identified as "$10,000 Kelly." All Old Judge portrait cards are very distinctive and highly prized by collectors, especially those few featuring Hall of Famers. This portrait pose, featuring Mike "King" Kelly with Boston, is one of the most desirable cards in the Old Judge set. Kelly earned this nickname when he was sold from Boston to Chicago following the 1887 season for this then-unheard-of sum. This card was issued very shortly after his historic sale to Boston and features a majestic portrait of Kelly. The card displays even wear on the corners, excellent centering, and superb contrast and clarity. The blank reverse has light soiling but free of the common flaws (paper loss, glue residue, writing, etc.) associated with examples from this popular series. A few light surface creases visible on the reverse account for the assigned grade. A tremendous N172 example of Mike "King" Kelly's rare Boston portrait, one his most impressive cards, worthy of any world-class N172, Hall of Fame, or nineteenth-century card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.

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