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    1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Mike "King" Kelly SGC 60 EX 5. This is an out of the hobby discovery that is being presented at auction for the first time! Exceptional in rarity, quality and appeal, this 124-year old artifact presents a rare opportunity for the advanced collector. 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. Over a century later, just a handful remain. And of the tiny tribe of survivors, few 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 mount itself, we note that the surfaces show barely any signs of wear. Of note is a very brief and very faint wrinkle close to the upper right corner. The back remains devoid of the damage so typically seen with this issue due to scrapbook removal and wall display. The image quality is close to unimprovable, there is a small area of wear at the center, about thigh high. Except for some slight spotting to the "O" in "Old," the gold gilded lettering remains entirely intact. Visually, the relic presents at the EX/MT to NM level, the technical grade from SGC is a very satisfying 60 EX 5. Certainly one of the finer Old Judge cabinets to appear at auction, this one after resting comfortably for the last 125 years.

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    May, 2012
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