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    1888/89 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Mike "King" Kelly SGC 10 Poor 1. All of the N173's offered in this auction are from a newly discovered collection and are being made available for the first time! Those studied in nineteenth century collecting are aware that these cabinets, measuring 4-1/8"x 6-1/2", were only available to those tobacco enthusiasts enterprising enough to save and send coupons to the headquarters of Old Judge, who distributed the cabinets solely by mail. As such, the population of the cabinets was never high, even at the time of issue. These 124-year old artifacts present a prime opportunity for the advanced collector. Over a century later, only a limited supply is available. And of the tiny tribe of survivors, few could hold the same appeal of a King Kelly, only the mighty name "Anson" holds the same appeal. As the National League slugger he was one of the most noteworthy of Victorian ballplayers, and a 1945 posthumous Cooperstown inductee. Here he poses in the uniform of the Boston Beaneaters, an archaic bat poised at the ready. The image quality is very nice with a full range of values and detail. The total population of Kelly is second "highest" of the series. Graded SGC 10 Poor 1 - soiling, pin holes. This is one of ten "in uniform" variations currently graded to date by SGC.

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    Those studied in nineteenth century collecting are aware that these cabinets, measuring 4-1/8"x 6-1/2", were only available to those tobacco enthusiasts enterprising enough to save and send coupons to the headquarters of Old Judge, who distributed the cabinets solely by mail. As such, the population of the cabinets was never high, even at the time of issue.



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    May, 2013
    2nd-4th Thursday-Saturday
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