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1908 PC760 Rose Company Postcard Fred Clarke
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,900
For more information about the Rose Postcard set, please follow the link below to a comprehensive article recently published by vintage-card collector and Rose Postcard scholar Jerry Spillman.
Extremely attractive example of Hall of Famer Fred Clarke from the PC760 Rose Postcard set, one of the rarest and most beautifully designed baseball-card sets ever produced. Entirely new to the modern collecting world, the offered postcard was discovered in a barn as part of a group of twelve Rose Company Postcards (the complete Pittsburgh Pirates team set is presented in four lots in this auction). This is an incredibly rare card as only one other example of Fred Clarke has ever been graded by PSA and SGC combined (a single PSA VG 3). It is fascinating to note that the portrait used on this extraordinary card is the very same as that which appears on Clarke's T206 card. The offered example is bright and clean, with a flawless portrait image, very light corner wear, and no creases or wrinkles. It presents in overall Vg-Ex to Ex condition from the front. The reverse is bright, having never been mailed and bearing no writing on its traditional postcard reverse. There is a two-inch long strip of adhesive (used to mount all twelve postcards to a display) present at the top, along with a few small, unobtrusive spots of paper loss in the lower right corner, which would ultimately cause the postcard to grade modestly. This is only the second Rose postcard of Clarke that we can recall ever seeing or hearing of, and the first that we have ever offered. It is an extraordinary example of one of the key Hall of Famers from this beautiful and rare set, and one that would make an outstanding addition to any PC760 set, Hall of Fame type-card collection, or Fred Clarke player collection. SOLD FOR $3,900
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