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. Loaded with many of our National Pastime’s Cooperstown inductees, one of its most renowned players is the legendary hard throwing Red Sox right hander “Smoky” Joe Wood, presented here in an outstanding PSA 8.5 holder. Currently, this is the SOLE example at this tier with only 2 graded higher. Baseball historians will attest to the fact that NOBODY could possibly throw harder than “Smoky” Joe Wood including Walter Johnson, Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan. Before hurting his hand, wood enjoyed several overpowering seasons including his best in 1912 when his 34 win season led his Red Sox to a World Championship over McGraw’s New York Giants. Like his fastball, his 1915 Cracker Jack offered here is an absolute “blazer” with a pristine Wood pitching image set against a bold fire engine red background. Clean white borders are only slightly centered towards the left edge (vertical centering is “dead on”), the edging is razor sharp, meeting at four pinpoint corners and the bold black reverse side print registration is un-improvable. No surface flaws are evident with this Wood gem undoubtedly one of his most miraculous cardboard masterpieces remaining from his playing days. There are only a handful of “Smoky” Joe Wood major cardboard issues from his Boston Red Sox era, and NONE could be more impressive than this PSA 8.5 masterpiece that has only been bested by two other examples on the planet!
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