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    1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" King Kelly PSA NM-MT 8 - None Higher. Exceptional in rarity, quality and appeal, this 130-year old artifact presents an enticing opportunity for the advanced collector. 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 I any condition. As such, the population will never satisfy demand. This is all the more amplified with the N162 Goodwin & Co. "Champions" from 1888. No other National League slugger is a more noteworthy Victorian ballplayer as 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 - referring to him as "$10,000 Kelly" became the norm. Such a monumental endowment became so accepted it was etched into the images used for a number of his card appearances. Thankfully, additional design elements and copy were forgone for a clean layout ideal for the glorious hues the N162 edition is so much admired.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. We were surprised to see four cards graded NM-MT with PSA. No others have rated higher. The offered example is bright and clean with minimal condition issues. The front frame is a frosty white and centering is a hairline away from perfection. A wonderful example of the most desirable and valuable subject from the most desirable of tobacco card promotions. A supremely important relic, this card is certain to reign as the crown jewel of even the finest early baseball card collections and a fantastic addition to a 19th Century collection.

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    April, 2018
    19th-20th Thursday-Friday
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