1914 E145 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson

Sold For: $8,225

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 440

Item Year: 1914

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Offered is a very presentable low-grade 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 the key signature card of the entire 1914 Cracker Jack set. This card was obviously issued in a box of Cracker Jacks in 1914 and has various flaws, such as caramel staining and light creasing, but is a far superior example than many other technically low grade Cracker Jack cards (including Mathewsons) we have seen. Despite the modest technical grade, this is still an attractive card with a strong image, 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 $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225

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