2011 vs. 1887 Gypsy Queen #3 – Highest Paid Player

24 05 2011

Continuing on with my comparison of the Gypsy Queen set from the 19th century and the one from the 21st.  I’ve previously looked at baseball’s best player from the 1880’s and today, then the Home Run Kings included in both Gypsy Queen set.  Now we move onto a duo of similarly famous players…

The Highest Paid and Most Controversial Stars

Next up is the most famous athlete of the era.  Mike “King” Kelly was a future hall-of-famer who had been the best player in baseball, but was a few years past his prime in 1886 and 1887.  He played a large part of his career for the Chicago White Stockings (the Cubs’ franchise), the “evil empire” of the National League in early baseball.  Kelly was the highest paid player in the game; he was sold from Chicago to Boston for an exorbitant sum, earning the nickname “$10,000 Kelly”. He wasn’t just a ballplayer, he was a celebrity.  After the deal to Boston, he had a brief career as an actor, he was the basis for the first pop song in American culture, “Slide Kelly Slide”, and is believed by some to be the subject for “Casey at the Bat”.  Finally, he was known for skipping second base when the lone umpire wasn’t looking.  Who is he most like in this set?  My wife actually guessed this one correctly!  The highest paid player in today’s game arrived in Pinstripes via a blockbuster deal.  He was once the best player in the game, but his best years are a little behind him.  After dating Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz, he’s become a little bit of a celebrity himself.  And finally, he has been known to cause a stir for skipping second base.


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17 08 2012
Goodwin Champions – athletes in both the 1888 and 2011 sets « Lifetime Topps project

[…] Kelly was the first baseball player (he’s card #1 in the 2011 set).  I’ve covered him before in my Gypsy Queen set review.  Kelly was still one of the better players in the game, but his […]

28 08 2012
2012 vs. 1888 Goodwin Champions – baseball players #2 « Lifetime Topps project

[…] Kelly was the first baseball player (he’s card #1 in the 2011 set).  I’ve covered him before in some of my Gypsy Queen set reviews.  Kelly was still one of the better players in the […]

12 08 2014
Goodwin Champions – baseball players in both the 1888 and 2014 sets | Lifetime Topps project

[…] Kelly was the first baseball player (he’s card #1 in the 2011 set).  I’ve covered him before in my Gypsy Queen 2011 set review.  Kelly was still one of the better players in the game, but […]

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