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Kid Nichols
(b. September 14, 1869 - d. April 11, 1953)
Kid Nichols starred in the 1890s for Boston, leading them to five NL pennants. Winner of 30 games seven times, Nichols started what he finished. In his 501 Boston starts, he was relieved only 25 times. He had a lifetime 361-208 record and a 2.94 ERA.
Inducted in 1949
1899-1900 M101-1 Sporting News Supplements Charles A. Nichols BGS 2.5 G-VG
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Comments: In November, 2002 I picked up several 1976 Shakeys tribute cards including George Sisler, Kid Nichols, Joe Medwick, Billy Hamilton, Roger Connor, Charles Comiskey, and Sam Thompson. Some were submitted to and graded by PSA in January, 2003. The Nichols came back a NM-MT 8. Eventually, I wanted something issued during Nichols career. I learned of the Fan Craze card but in my research found that it wasn't Nichols pictured but someone else by mistake. So, my wantlist was updated with the only card left - the N300 Mayo. A couple years later I was surprised when I found an item picturing Nichols that I didn't know existed. I remember finding this Supplement as I scrolled through the online pages of the August, 2011 Legendary Auction. I bid on the item in the late hours of the final night and won. I happened to be supporting a client in Lake Forest, IL at the time and decided to drive and pick up the article in person. Legendary Auctions was located in Lansing, IL - 1 ½ hours south in traffic. I took an early lunch and made the trek. Three hours later I was back in the office with the Nichols in hand. Love this piece. When this photo image of Kid Nichols appeared as a supplement to The Sporting News in 1899, he was already a legend of epic dimension. The piece is a strong EX, despite a little foxing and a couple of minor tears in the edges. There's a small mystery in this photo that's worthy of mention…the Kid's image here bears a copyright claimed by "F. G. Selee" along with another guy. Recently inducted Hall of Famer, Frank Selee, managed the Beaneaters during much of Nichols' lengthy tenure with the team.

UPDATE: In early 2014 I decided to sign up for a Beckett grading membership with the understanding it included free gradings. SGC and PSA won't grade newspaper supplements but I wanted them slabbed for protection. I submitted this 1899 Nichols along with a couple other Sporting News inserts (Ban Johnson and Pie Traynor), several modern sketch cards and the cards were returned to me in June, 2014. Unfortunately, my 1899 M101 Kid Nichols was sent back to me as "too big for holder". I found another example from the set in a Legendary auction and took it with me to the National. I guess Andy (vintage grader) was out of town when my submission hit their office and they acknowledged making a mistake. Head grader, Jeromy, and Andy both agreed with me - the dimensions were fine for the holders. I was really impressed with their customer service. They were friendly and professional. Stay tuned for the grade...

UPDATE: Beckett slabbed the item G-VG (2.5)!

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1899-1900
ACC Set Designation: M101-1
Set Name: Sporting News Supplements
Country: United States

For much of 1899 and 1900, the weekly issues of the Sporting News included a baseball portrait supplement. About 10" X 13", the pictures offered vignetted photos of the era's stars on a glossy paper stock. Virtually all pictures were formal head-and-shoulders portraits; some in uniform, come in civilian clothes. A handful of players ared depicted in full-length poses. The pictures were produced for the sports paper by National Copper Plate Co., (which issued its own set of prints). The TSN supplements have a logotype above the photoand the date in which it was included in the paper. Full player name and team/year are printed at bottom. Backs have a small box offering career information. Besides offering the pictures with weekly issues, portfolios of 50 could be had by starting or renewing a subscription for $2 a year.