BIDDEFORD, Maine – A rare 1888 card of Hall of Fame baseball player Michael "King" Kelly has been sold at auction for $62,000.
The card was sold to an anonymous baseball card collector who made his bid by telephone during the Wednesday night auction in Biddeford.
The card was one of seven Old Judge Cigarettes cabinet cards showing players from the 1888 Boston Beaneaters club that were auctioned for a total of $102,000.
King was a star in his day and considered to be the first celebrity baseball player. The Beaneaters went on to become the Boston Braves and, eventually, the Atlanta Braves.
The Portland Press Herald reported that only four of the Kelly cards are known to exist.
The card was found in a trunk of old papers in Kennebunk.