Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
The mega renowned Cracker Jack cards are one of the most desirable “type” card issues ever distributed. Inserted in Cracker Jack caramel boxes in both 1914 and 1915, what makes aesthetically pleasing 1914 examples so tough (as opposed to 1915 issues) was that the 1915 cards could be obtained as a set via mail order. The only methodology for collecting the 1914 version was to pull them from the Cracker Jack box, resulting in serious caramel staining on many of these existing subjects. This is why most high end 1914 Cracker Jack’s exist in mid-grade condition, at best. With that in mind, presented here is a 1914 Cracker Jack of the popular St. Louis Federal League’s shortstop Al Bridwell in a spectacular SGC 84/7 holder. Of the mere 7 SGC graded examples, NONE other exist at this tier with only ONE graded higher! Shortstop Al Bridwell enjoyed a fine career as the shortstop of the perennial pennant winning New York Giants, and later defected to the Federal League along with 80 other major leaguers. His throwing image depicted on this 1914 cardboard masterpiece is nothing short of sensational, set against a “fire engine” red background and framed by four well centered borders. Pristine edging and four sharp corners provide an outstanding perimeter, with both the front and reverse side surfaces depicting no major staining or residual flaws. Simply stated, this is a magnificent 95 year old cardboard remnant, as fresh as the day some lucky fan pulled it from their Cracker Jack box. It has been carefully preserved with the finest care, and any advanced enthusiast should jump at the opportunity to claim it for their vintage collection!
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