Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2011
One of the most prestigious baseball cards ever produced were the Cracker Jack cardboard relics included in caramel candy boxes in 1914 and 1915. Loaded with many of our National Pastime’s Cooperstown inductees, one of those prominent Hall of Famers, Red Sox centerfielder Tris Speaker, is presented here in a superb SGC 84/7 holder. One of only two SGC examples at this lofty tier, a mere 6 specimens have been graded higher! Along with Mays and DiMaggio, experts consider Tris Speaker to be one of the top three centerfielders to ever play the game. Author of a .344 lifetime batting average via 3,500+ hits, Speaker revolutionized the centerfield position by playing almost behind 2nd base, enabling him to gather the most outfield assists in baseball history including an incredible 35 in his 1909 rookie season! Speaker’s image, glove in pocket, is one of the hobby’s most widely recognized and coveted poses, and this example certainly doesn’t disappoint. Set against a flawless like bright red background, the details of Speaker’s striped uniform and cap are vivid, and you can virtually feel the depth perception of his period style glove sitting in his back right pocket. The entire frame is well-centered “top to bottom”, with the image slightly favoring the right edge. The four borders are super clean, and only extreme peripheral touching to several corners prevent this card from achieving even a higher technical assessment. Virtually unbelievable is the blinding white surface on the reverse side with all of the vivid black typography still intact. Bottom line is this aesthetically brilliant rendition of the “Gray eagle” would immediately augment any serious 1915 Cracker Jack gathering!
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