Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2011
No pre-WWI baseball card issue is more popular amongst vintage collectors than Cracker Jack cards that were inserted into boxes of caramel corn in 1914 and 1915. A significant number of “dead ball” era baseball immortals are included in the issue, with the high end stars including Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Joe Jackson, and the incomparable Honus Wagner. The “Flying Dutchman”, as he was nicknamed, is regarded as the greatest shortstop in baseball history. Wagner accumulated over 3,400 hits, batted over .300 for 17 consecutive seasons, won 8 National league batting titles, and was one of the 5 original members elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1936. Yet, amazing as it may seem, his statistical attributes are not the compelling force behind his influence in the card bobby. That credit goes to his appearance on the world-renowned T206 Wagner, the most valuable card on the planet and the unequivocal “Holy Grail” of the card hobby. Because of his T206 example, all Wagner cards are “on fire”, with collectors avidly seeking his most precious early 20th century artifacts. With that in mind, we are proud to offer Wagner’s 1915 Cracker Jack card in a spectacular SGC 84/7 holder, one of only 4 specimens at this elevated tier with a mere 6 examples graded higher!
The card itself is brilliant! Wagner’s timeless portrait image is perfectly registered and depicting the finest facial details. The classic ‘fire engine” red background is virtually flawless, framed by clean white borders and a perimeter consisting of fine edging and square corners. The image is well centered “top to bottom” with the horizontal centering favoring the right edge. The sparkling white reverse side surface is the final compliment to an overall that is nothing short of spectacular. Keep in mind that any pre-WWI Wagner issue is highly sought after by most vintage enthusiasts. While many low to mid-grade examples are available, every so often a “pack-fresh” like card comes along that even the supreme high grade collector cannot resist. The presented artifact falls into this category, defying insurmountable odds to outdistance “father-time” and sustaining a majority of its original state to be worthy of a final resting place in any “World Class” collection!
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