Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2011
One of the most popular early 20th century players, Hall of Famer Fred Clarke batted .312 lifetime, including 2,675 hits over a 21 year career with both the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, he managed both the Louisville and Pittsburgh clubs from 1897 – 1915, racking up over 1,600 wins and serving as the incomparable Honus Wagner’s manager most of his career. Presented here is one of his superior pre-WWI cardboard artifacts, an outstanding SGC 86/7.5 Cracker Jack that is the ONLY SGC specimen listed at this elevated plateau! Unquestionably, Clarke is one of the few Hall of Famers that could have been voted into Cooperstown as either a player or manager. His crouching, bat in hand “on deck” image is nothing short of sensational, set against a vibrant red background. The entire frame is well centered, only partly favoring the right edge between four dazzling white borders. Super square corners and razor sharp edges provide a fine perimeter, and the reverse side text still retains its original bold black luster, affixed to a blinding white surface that is one of the finest you will ever come across. If you are building a superior 1915 Cracker Jack set or simply assembling high grade Hall of Famers, than his spectacular Fred Clarke example is the card for you!
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