Lot # 91: 1887 N175 Gypsy Queen Mike "King" Kelly - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM

Presented is a remarkable newly discovered N175 "Small" Gypsy Queen example of Hall of Famer Mike “King” Kelly! Kelly is identified simply as "$10,000 Kelly" on this card, which features him in a Boston uniform immediately following his sale to the Boston Nationals from Chicago. This card originates from a new-to-the-hobby collection of nineteenth-century cards that had been carefully saved in the pages of a scrapbook for over a century. This card was carefully removed from the scrapbook by a professional conservator using deionized water. It was submitted to SGC for grading with this information and SGC encapsulated the card as "Authentic." Gypsy Queen was one of Goodwin's tobacco brands. This card is the same size and general format as N172 Old Judge, but with a slightly different design, and advertising for Goodwin's Gypsy Queen brand of tobacco. There has always been some confusion as to the catalog number of the smaller Gypsy Queens (similar in size to N172s and not to be confused with the even rarer large N175 Gypsy Queens, of which nine different cards are known) because the American Card Catalog does not distinguish between the two sizes of cards represented by "N175." The offered card has an irregular cut along the top, heavily rounded corners, and even toning on the front. The blank reverse has evidence of scrapbook removal. Despite the obvious condition flaws, the card has a striking appearance and still displays bold contrast. This is only the second N175 Kelly (small) that we have ever offered in the last sixteen years! This card represents a unique opportunity to acquire an almost never offered Hall of Famer example from the small Gypsy Queen card set, with significant flaws but still very appealing, and one of nineteenth-century card collecting's most legendary rarities. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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