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1889 N526 Diamond S Cigar Mike "King" Kelly SGC NM 84 - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,040
Graded NM 84 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Spectacular example of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly from the exceedingly rare Diamond S Cigar set. 1889 Diamond S Cigars are one of the rarest and most unusual nineteenth-century tobacco trade-card sets. This set has not received the attention it deserves, probably because the cards do not feature photographs. Yet the artwork likenesses are exceptional, and in our opinion this extremely rare 1880s issue is not only very distinctive, but has a unique charm about it. This fifteen-card set was issued in 1889 and features portrait line drawings of members of the Boston Nationals. The cards were issued in several variations which relate to the advertising on the cards. The back of the cards feature ads for either Diamond S Cigars or Number 7 Cigars. Cards from this issue are unusually large for the era, each measuring 2.25 x 4 inches, and are incredibly rare and not often seen in any condition. SGC has graded a total of sixty examples from the Diamond S and Number 7 Cigar sets combined, with this card as the only Near Mint ever evaluated! King Kelly is the key card to the set, and the offered example could not be a more exceptional representation. Crisp and clean, centered slightly to the right with four very strong corners. The distinct advertising reverse is clean and boldly printed. This is an extremely attractive ultra high-grade example of the most significant Hall of Famer from this seldom-seen nineteenth-century issue, and one that would be a prize addition for even the most advanced sample card, nineteenth-century, or Hall of Fame card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $2,040
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