Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
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, many enthusiasts consider the Cracker Jack issues to be amongst the most popular pre-WWI cards manufactured. Their colorful lithographic images and vibrant red background hues provide the ultimate picturesque quality sought after by elite collectors. One of the Hall of Famer subjects, Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, is offered here in an outstanding PSA 8 holder, with only a SOLE example (an 8.5) has been graded higher! With that in mind, this might be a super opportunity to claim ownership of this card and resubmit it to PSA for a potential half-grade uptick, potentially placing this offering in a tie as the “best of the rest”!
Hall of Fame 1st baseman and owner Charles Comiskey is famous for being the founding father of the Chicago White Sox, and being their owner for 31 years. He also assisted Ban Johnson in creating the American League. On the field, he revolutionized the 1st base position by allowing pitchers to cover the bag on ground balls hit wide of 1st base, and he was one of the original manager’s to position fielders for different batters. Adorned with his famous hat, Comiskey’s portrait image is absolutely brilliant, set against a brilliant fire engine red background, and encompassed by four dazzling white borders that are centered virtually “dead on”. Sharp edging and perfectly square corners complete a “blistering” front side, and the reverse side jet black print is vividly registered with only some light typography situated near the middle of the card. Overall, this is a spectacular “8” example of one of baseball’s most prestigious Hall of Famers, undoubtedly worthy of being reviewed for a potential half grade bump that would immediately place it as the highest graded example on the planet!
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