Lot # 116: 1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Charles Kelly - N172 Old Judge Rarity

Starting Bid: $300.00

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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

1888 N173 Old Judge cabinet card featuring Charles Kelly (#257-3 pose) of the Philadelphia Quakers posed in front of a simple studio backdrop. This is a very attractive example with outstanding photo clarity. Kelly, who played only two years in the Major Leagues and finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .100, is best known today by N172 Old Judge collectors, not for his skill on the diamond but by the scarcity of his cardboard. As advanced Old Judge collectors know, Kelly's N172 cards are extremely elusive and he ranks among the top 50 rarest players in the set. (Only the virtually impossible eighteen California League Players and twenty cards identified as "Significant Rarities" are listed as rarer.) Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA) due to tack holes in each corner and the number 150 written on the blank reverse. This is a very presentable lower-grade sample from one of the most revered and substantial of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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