Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
One of the most prestigious baseball cards ever produced were the Cracker Jack cardboard relics included in the caramel candy boxes in 1914 and 1915. The 1915 versions are more often seen in high grade condition due to a “mail-in” option to obtain the entire set, with a myriad of the remaining 1914 cards providing horrific aesthetics associated with “poor” and “fair” grades. Presented here is an ultra scarce 1914 version of Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan, in his “no number on back” issue, graded a PSA 3. Currently, this is the ONLY Bresnahan “no number on back” VG example with a mere 6 other examples graded higher! Bresnahan is regarded as the first catcher to wear shin guards in a major league game in 1907, and is also the first catcher ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A stunning portrait pose virtually “jumps” off the card, affixed to a “fire engine” red background and framed by four well centered clean borders. Four square, moderately touched, corners and fine edging provide a strong perimeter, and the reverse side black text has retained its original boldness and focus. With only mild toning near the upper left border, and no major creasing visible to the naked eye, it bewilders us as to why this offering did not achieve a technical mid-grade? Regardless, its rarity and brilliant aesthetics speak for themselves, and we are certain that no high end Cracker Jack collector will let this rare masterpiece “slip through the cracks”!
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