Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2011
The Cracker Jack cardboard artifacts issued in 1914 and 1915 with the popular candy caramel treats continue to be one of the most desirable pre-WWI baseball collectibles. Seldom seen in pristine like condition, this 1915 Cracker Jack SGC Mint 96/9 offering of Federal League outfielder Harry H. Gessler is one of the finest specimens in existence. Both the combined SGC and PSA “pop” charts list only 2 other Mint 9 copies (both SGC) with PSA’s highest graded example residing in an 8 holder. Therefore, this supreme offering shares the title as the “best of the rest” with a mere two other copies! Gessler played for both Boston and Washington before defecting to the Federal League Pittsburgh club in 1913. Fortunately his legacy will forever continue on via this brilliant Cracker Jack keepsake that has miraculously defied “father time”. Virtually perfect centering and blinding white borders frame a pristine looking image that is surrounded by an immaculate bold red background. Dangerously sharp corners complete a wonderful obverse side, with the reverse bold black typography and snow-white background the best we have ever seen. Unquestionably, this pinnacle offering merits a final resting place in any superior 1915 Cracker Jack gathering!
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