1903 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet – Joe Kelley - Street Clothes "Type 2" Variation (PSA Good 2/MK) - The Only PSA Listed "Type 2" W600 Kelley!
The W600 Sporting Life Cabinets were distributed from 1902 thru 1911 by the Sporting Life newspaper. Measuring 5" x 7-1/2" in size, they include some of our National Pastime's greatest Hall of Famers, and are highly coveted by the most advanced hobbyists. Specimens include four different style mounts (Types 1, 2, 3 & 4), depicting Carl Horner's classic portrait images, with many of the subjects residing as rookie card issues. With that in mind, presented here is the by-gone Cooperstown Inductee Joe Kelley "PSA Good 2/MK" 1903 W600 Type 2 mount subject, the SOLE Type 2 example listed on the prestigious PSA "Pop" Charts!
The "Type 2" designation is based on the "crossed baseball bats" along the lower border that INCLUDE the text "Compliments Of" (W600's excluding the verbiage "Compliments Of" directly above the crossed bats are deemed "Type 3" versions). Hall of Fame outfielder Joe Kelley was one of the most intimidating hitters of his day, and he once went 9-for-9 in a doubleheader! A lifetime .317 hitter, Kelley compiled nearly 1,200 runs batted in, and was also considered a shrewd base runner, stealing 87 bases in 1896. One of the more nebulous Hall of Famers from the turn of the century, he is not represented on a host of cards, justifying why this ultra-scarce Joe Kelley W600 offering merits serious hobby accolades.
While accurately graded due to a faint and partially erased "(1902)" notation beneath the central frame, of utmost importance is the superb eye appeal of the brilliant Joe Kelley central image. No glaring surface flaws are evident, with the rather strict technical assessment solely due to glue remnants from scrapbook removal on the blank flipside. Most significant, the obverse side Kelley image, save the aforementioned light 1902 notation, has remained virtually unscathed, with its extraordinary aesthetics emanating mid-grade visual appeal. One of Kelley's rarest cardboard keepsakes, its splendid eye appeal has stubbornly defied "Father-Time" by retaining a majority of its original factory issued attributes!
MIN BID $500