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1887 N172 Old Judge Mike "King" Kelly - Batting

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $3,480.00

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. Very high-grade example of 1887 N172 Old Judge of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly (bat at 45 degrees pose), identified as "$10,000 Kelly." Kelly earned this nickname when he was sold from Boston to Chicago following the 1887 season for this then unheard of sum. Perfectly clean, both front and back, with square corners, excellent contrast and clarity. The very slight to-the-right centering and a small and extremely insignificant hint of a stain on the reverse keeps this gem from receiving a higher grade. This is one of the most popular poses of Kelly in the Old Judge series. This is an outstanding, extremely high-grade Old Judge of the legendary Mike "King" Kelly, one of nineteenth-century baseball's greatest stars. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,480.00


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