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1930 George Kelly Game-Used Chicago Cubs Cap

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410

Chicago Cubs baseball cap worn by Hall of Fame first baseman George "Highpockets" Kelly in 1930. The navy blue cap displays a red felt "C" on the front and has been custom tailored along the back for size adjustment. A "Spalding" label is located on the interior leather band as is the name "Kelly" chain-stitched in white. The cap is all original and displays heavy wear throughout. Kelly only played with the Cubs for half a season in 1930, thereby allowing the cap to be definitively dated. The Cubs acquired Kelly in a trade with Cincinnati and he responded well to the change in venue, batting .331 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI in only thirty-nine games. Despite the strong showing, Kelly's age (35) was catching up with him and he played just one more season (with Brooklyn) before retiring. Kelly is best remembered today as one of the key members of the New York Giants' 1921-1923 baseball dynasty. Considered one of the top fielding first basemen of his era, Kelly teamed with Frank Frisch, Dave Bancroft, and Heinie Groh in what many consider to be the greatest Giants infield of all time. Kelly batted over .300 for six consecutive seasons (1921-1926) and twice hit three home runs in one game. He also knocked in 100 or more runs four years in a row, capped by a League- and career-high 136 in 1924. He finished his career with a .297 lifetime average, 148 home runs, and 1,020 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Kelly's personal collection was sold by him many years ago and included many souvenirs from his playing days. It is very likely that this cap was among the items that originated directly from Kelly decades ago. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS (MEARS does not grade caps). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $1,410

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