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    1888-89 Old Judge N173 King Kelly SGC 80 EX/NM 6. Exceptional in rarity, quality and appeal, this 118-year old artifact presents a rare opportunity for one advanced collector. Those studied in nineteenth century collecting are aware that these cabinets, measuring 4.125x6.5", 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. Over a century later, just a handful remains. And of the tiny tribe of survivors, none could hold the same appeal of a Kelly representation, as the National League slugger 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. Speaking to the nature of the card itself, we note that the surfaces show just the slightest touch of wear, and the back remains devoid of the damage so typically seen in this issue due to scrapbook removal. The image contrast and clarity is unimprovable, and the gilded lettering is likewise bold and vibrant. One can fully understand the exceptional quality of this offering when considering that this King Kelly is unrivaled upon either the SGC or PSA population chart, and, in fact, just a single example from the entire issue has ever charted higher with either grading service.

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