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1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug John Clarkson

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. 1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug of Hall of Famer John Clarkson. Only one example has ever been graded higher (at NM 84). This is an absolutely outstanding high-grade example of what is considered by many to be legendary John Clarkson's most impressive card. It is also a fascinating card in that even though Clarkson is pictured with St. Louis, he actually retired the previous year, after his final season with Cleveland in 1894, and never played with St. Louis at all. The explanation for this is either that Clarkson was expected to join St. Louis and did not, or that this card was intended to feature Arthur Clarkson, John's brother, who did in fact play for St. Louis from 1893 to 1895, and they got their pictures mixed up. The card is virtually flawless in all respects, with perfect contrast and surface, and just some very light edge and corner wear, as is almost always the case with Mayos due to their condition-sensitive flush-to-the-border design. The reverse of the card is also perfectly clean with no flaws. The Mayo set includes many of the most striking portrait cards of many very significant nineteenth-century players. This is an impressive high-grade example, one of the finest in the world, of one of John Clarkson's most classic and interesting cards from this extremely important and popular nineteenth-century series. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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