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1904 Allegheny Card Co. Fred Clarke PSA EX-MT 6
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. Extremely rare sample card from the legendary Allegheny Card Company set of 1904, featuring Hall of Famer Fred Clarke, issued the year following his leading the Pirates (as star player and manager) to the National League pennant, only to lose to the Red Sox in the very first World Series. This is one of Clarke’s earliest cards. It is also his rarest. To date, the only known Allegheny Card Co. set is the one sold in the auction of the famous Copeland Collection. (Copeland purchased that set, then housed in its original box, from REA in 1990.) The set was eventually broken up and dispersed to the four corners of the collecting world. There has yet to be a single additional card from this series to ever surface. This extraordinary example of Fred Clarke, of course, originates from the Copeland set, and as is the case with all Allegheny cards, may very well be unique. The set is of special interest to collectors, not just because of its extreme rarity, but also because it is one of the very few sets of baseball cards produced during the first few years of the century. The Allegheny card set offers a unique blend of players from the pre-1900 and post-1900 eras, including many players who appear in few (if any) other sets. Bright and crisp, and centered to the right (approximately 70/30 L/R) with a slight tilt to the image, otherwise strong Near Mint. This is an exceptional and literally one-of-a-kind Allegheny Card Company example of Hall of Famer Fred Clarke. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525
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