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    1887-90 N172 Old Judge King Kelly (Boston NL) #254-5 SGC 84 NM 7 Those studied in nineteenth century collecting are all too well aware of the extreme lack of high condition cards. Honestly, most 19th century sets are challenging in any condition. Those who collect the Victorian era version of "The Monster" have the added challenge of finding cards with strong images as photos as we all know tend to fade when exposed to even indirect light. Here we stand though with a card that is exception to the norm.

    No other National League slugger is a more noteworthy than is King "$10,000" Kelly. So much more than a ball player. Kelly was a celebrity. An ambassador of the game who inspired the song - "Slide, Kelly, Slide". On the field, his contributions for the Chicago White Stockings resulted in five pennants over a seven-year span. When Chicago sold Kelly to Boston in 1887 for the then unheard of sum of $10,000 - that is well over $250,000 in 2020 dollars - it became in jest referring to him as "$10,000 Kelly" which then became the norm. Such a monumental endowment became so accepted it was etched into the images used for a number of his card appearances.
    Our offered card is from the N172 Old Judge edition, one of eleven poses he enjoys in the massive series. This is pose #254-10 Catch, hands head high. The caption is in hand script "$10,000 Kelly" which resides in the photo area. Graded SGC 84 NM 7. (Pop two with two higher from a total pop of sixty Kelly N172s on the SGC census). Photo quality: Phenomenal! You could ask for, but you will never find another of this quality.

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    July, 2020
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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