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, White Sox star pitcher Ed Cicotte, is offered here in a spectacular PSA 8 holder. Currently, only three other examples have been graded higher! Cicotte will live in infamy as one of the eight White Sox players that “sold out” our National Pastime by accepting money to “throw” games in the 1919 World Series. Yet, from a card collecting perspective, being one of the “eight men out” has increased Cicotte’s popularity profoundly with many of his cardboard relics soaring in value. The spectacular remnant offered here depicts a splendid “arms folded” image of the ace right hander in his ultra popular pinstriped White Sox uniform. Incredibly registered and portraying perfect contrast, Cicotte is set against an un-improvable vibrant red background. The frame is only slightly centered towards the upper right, and the dazzling white borders are blemish free. Super sharp corners and edging appear “razor cut”, and the reverse side jet black print is vividly registered. Bottom line is only three examples have received a higher grade, and we can’t imagine those three possibly surpassing the overall eye appeal of this museum worthy masterpiece that appears as mint as its original release date!
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