One find leads to another … and another

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It seems vintage baseball card “finds” are in the mainstream news more and more these days with the Black Swamp Find and other notable auctions grabbing headlines.

But the truth is that, while the finds and the rarities don’t get discovered everyday, there’s plenty of cash being spent on elite, vintage and pre-war baseball cards all the time. A glance through any notable auction catalog — or the results — will tell you that.

Another fine example of a find — and a notable sale — happened Wednesday night in Biddford, Maine, as an 1887-89 Old Judge Cabinet N173 card of Hall of Famer Mike “King” Kelly hit the auction block after being found in a trunk of old papers.

The Portland Press-Herald was at the auction Wednesday night, capturing the video above as the card was auctioned for $62,000 — $71,200 including a buyer’s premium.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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