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. Loaded with many of our National Pastime’s legendary stars, one of those prominent players, Washington Senators 1st baseman, is offered here in an outstanding PSA 8 holder. Currently, only ONE other example has been graded higher! Smooth fielding 1st baseman Chick Gandil probably should have stayed with the Washington club. Had he remained in our Nation’s Capital and not moved on to Chicago, he would have been spared the ultimate embarrassment of a lifetime banishment from baseball due to the 1919 “Black Sox” Scandal. Yet, from a card collecting perspective, being one of the “eight men out” has increased his popularity profoundly with many of Gandil’s cardboard relics soaring in value. The spectacular remnant offered here portrays a masterful Gandil fielding pose as he stretches to receive a throw. Perfectly registered, the image is set against a vibrant red background and vintage style grass infield, framed by four dazzling white, well centered borders. Sharp edging and pinpoint corners complete a scintillating front side, and the reverse side jet black print is vividly registered. We can’t imagine any other Cracker Jack possibly exceeding the breathtaking eye appeal of this offering. Assembling the “Black Sox” eight is a highly desirable collecting approach for many advanced enthusiasts, and this Gandil museum worthy specimen is the perfect candidate to fill one of the eight via its unequivocal aesthetics.
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