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Six 1914 E145 Cracker Jack Including #88 Christy Mathewson and #99 Frank Chance
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $10,072.50
Collection of six 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #144 series cards in low grade. Usually when we get sent to us a small group of Cracker Jacks (let alone just six cards) we are lucky to get one Hall of Famer. In this case, included were two Hall of Famers, each a key card in the set, and it was our great pleasure to inform our consignor that his small group of low-grade vintage cards actually had some big value! By far the greatest highlight of the group is a 1914 Cracker Jack #144 series example of #88 Christy Mathewson. 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 both Cracker Jack and Hall of Fame card collectors. It is universally recognized as one of the most significant of all Cracker Jack cards, and is the key signature card of the entire 1914 Cracker Jack set. In addition to Mathewson, also included in this small group is #99 Frank Chance, whose card is of special significance both because Chance is a Hall of Famer, as well as the fact that Chance appears only in the rarer 1914 Cracker Jack #144 series. The 1914 #144 series Cracker Jacks are far rarer than their 1915 counterparts because the 1914 cards were not available by mail and could only be obtained one card per package in boxes of Cracker Jacks. Because of their method of issue, 1914 Cracker Jacks are also almost always found with various condition problems including caramel staining. The six cards in this collection, which grade Poor to Fair, are the following: #48 Lord, 62 Cashion, 88 Mathewson (HOF, missing two corners), 93 Pratt (heavy creasing), 99 Chance (HOF, erased writing on front), and 111 Callahan. Although there are only a few cards in this group, and, as can clearly be seen, they do have condition issues, the extremely notable highlights included make this a particularly interesting and appealing small group of cards from this classic prewar set. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+++. SOLD FOR $10,072.50
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