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    1888 N403 Yum Yum Clarkson, Pitcher SGC 50 VG/EX 4. Extremely rare by any standard, this N403 Yum Yum of the Boston Nationals star hurler John Clarkson depicts the talented pitcher in his "throwing" variation. Few 19th Century productions generate the level of head-turning excitement as do the cards produced by the August Beck Company of Chicago for the "Yum Yum Tobacco" brand. The format is a take on the more common N172s of the same era and the date of this set coincides with Clarkson's first year with Boston. N403 Yum Yum's truly rank among the rarest 19th Century releases. Acquiring a single example leaves even the most advanced collector eternally grateful for the privilege. This is an opportunity to own more than just a random subject from this monumentally elusive set but a top-tier Hall of Famer in the likes of John Clarkson. The card has minor soiling on the front, a slightly elevated level amount on the blank reverse with consistent corner wear. An extremely close review shows the most delicate of wrinkles on the reverse but no creasing. Solid middle-grade gem suited to single handedly elevate a vintage collection to "Advanced" status.

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