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1914 E145 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $8,225.00
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Presented is a very attractive example of Christy Mathewson from the 1914 Cracker Jack #144 series. This is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Mathewson cards and one of the most important of all Cracker Jacks. Christy Mathewson appears in a horizontal pitching pose in the 1914 Cracker Jack set, as opposed to the more familiar portrait pose of the 1915 set. Because there is no 1915 Cracker Jack alternative to the 1914 Cracker Jack Mathewson pitching pose, this card is of particularly great significance to Cracker Jack and Hall of Fame card collectors. It is universally recognized as one of the rarest and most important Cracker Jack cards, and is recognized as the key signature card of the entire 1914 Cracker Jack set. Despite the modest technical grade, this is an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic and sought-after of all Christy Mathewson cards. Beautiful bold colors, evenly rounded corners, virtually perfect centering, and just the lightest hint of caramel staining barely detectable. (Serious staining can often be a problem with 1914 Cracker Jacks because the 1914 cards were only distributed in boxes of Cracker Jack, as opposed to cards from the 1915 "factory sets.") The card has a couple very light corner creases but has primarily been downgraded due to four tiny punctures (very hard to see, no paper loss) in the red background, and a tiny "bite" in the lower right border. This is an extremely attractive card for the grade, providing a relatively affordable alternative to a far more expensive high-grade example of one of vintage-card collecting's most sought-after classics. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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