Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/5/2012
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. The 1915 versions are more often seen in high-grade condition due to a “mail-in” option to obtain the entire set, with a myriad of the remaining 1914 cards providing horrific aesthetics associated with “poor” and “fair” grades. Presented here is an ultra scarce 1914 version of Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan, in his “no number on back” issue, graded a PSA 3. Currently, only 2 other Bresnahan “no number on back” VG examples exist with a mere 6 examples graded higher! Bresnahan is regarded as the first catcher to wear shin guards in a major league game in 1907, and is also the first catcher ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A well-centered portrait pose virtually “jumps” off the card, affixed to a “fire engine” red background and framed by four relatively clean off-white borders. Four square and only moderately touched corners highlight a strong perimeter, and the reverse side black text has retained its original boldness and focus. While the upper verso reveals some areas with major staining, fortunately these stains do not obtrusively permeate to the obverse side. More significantly, the overall fine aesthetics and the card’s overall obscurity speak wonders, justifying why any serious Cracker Jack enthusiast would be extremely proud to seize this seldom surfacing keepsake!
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