1914 E145 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson PSA EX 5

Sold For: $84,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 389

Item Year: 1914

Category: E Candy Cards

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Addendum (4/4/17, 5:15 PM): Please note there was a typo in the catalog description concerning the population report, which has been updated below. Graded EX 5 by PSA. Exceptionally attractive example of the 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson. Looking at the Population Reports for both PSA and SGC, we could not help but be struck by how few 1914 Joe Jackson Cracker Jack cards have ever been graded. The total (and this number almost certainly overstates the true number of examples, due to regrading and switching holders from one company to another without retiring labels) is only fifty cards (32 PSA and 18 by SGC). This is one of only five examples graded by PSA at this level, with only three graded higher. 1914 Cracker Jacks are naturally much more difficult to find in high grade than their 1915 counterparts because the 1914 #144 series cards were issued only in boxes of Cracker Jack, while the 1915 cards could be obtained as a factory set directly from the company by mail. The 1914 Cracker Jack is one of the most sought-after of all Joe Jackson cards. Jackson is featured on this card in a batting pose based on a photograph by legendary photographer Charles Conlon, set against a deep red background. The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with extremely bold colors and light, even corner wear. Beautifully centered approximately 45/55 left to the right. This example is remarkably free of the caramel staining that is almost always found with 1914 Cracker Jacks. A faint wrinkle extending from the right edge is primarily responsible for the assigned grade. This is a very striking card that would be a highlight in any world-class collection of Cracker Jack, Joe Jackson, or classic vintage baseball cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).

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