Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/17/2009
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. While Cracker Jack baseball cards were inserted in the caramel boxes both these years, what makes aesthetically pleasing 1914 issues 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. With that in mind, presented here is the the immortal Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame 2nd baseman Johnny Evers presented here in a spectacular PSA 7 holder. Currently, this is the SOLE example at this tier with only 2 other copies graded higher! There isn’t a single baseball fan that hasn’t heard of the “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double play combination that led the Cubs to several pennants and two World Championships in 1907 and 1908. This example lists the legendary “2nd cog” in that famous trio as a member of his new Boston Braves National League team, one year after assisting the Braves in sweeping the heavily favorite Athletics in the 1914 World Series. A classic Evers throwing image, vividly registered, is set against a solid red background and framed by four clean white borders that are centered towards the right edge (vertical centering is “dead on”). Sharp corners and fine edging provide a miraculous perimeter, and the reverse side jet black printing provides strong focus. No surface flaws are evident, completing this 95 year old masterpiece that is, itself, worthy of Cooperstown status. It is no secret that claiming ownership of this offering would immediately augment any advanced collection to “world class” status!
Click on a thumbnail above to display a larger image below
Hold down the mouse button and slide side to side to see more thumbnails(if available).
Click above for larger image.