Cabinet photo of Hall of Fame pitcher John Clarkson, produced by the Conly Studio of Boston. The formal studio photograph features Clarkson in uniform striking a pitching pose as a member of the Boston Beaneaters. Printed along the base of the mount are Clarkson's name, the photographer's credit, and the copyright date of "April, 1888." Conly's credit stamp also appears on the reverse. Nineteenth century baseball cabinets are extremely desirable, especially those of prominent Hall of Famers such as Clarkson. 1888 marked Clarkson's first season with Boston, having spent his prior four Major League seasons with the powerhouse Chicago Nationals. Clarkson's contract was sold to Boston for $10,000 on April 3rd. The fact that this cabinet is dated "April 1888" makes it perhaps the earliest image of Clarkson in a Boston uniform. Clarkson joined his former Chicago White Stockings catcher Mike "King" Kelly on Boston in 1888.Since Kelly's contract had also been purchased for $10,000, Clarkson and Kelly were often referred to as the $20,000 Battery." One of the greatest pitchers of his era, Clarkson won 328 games in just 12 seasons, including an astonishing 293 wins during the eight-year span 1885 to 1892. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963. SGC has encapsulated the cabinet and certified it as "Authentic." The card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays corner wear and a few light pencil marks on the reverse. Technically in Good condition overall, but Vg in its overall appearance.
Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.