Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2012
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. While Cracker Jack baseball cards were inserted in the caramel boxes both these years, what makes aesthetically pleasing 1914 issues so tough (as opposed to 1915 issues) was that the 1915 cards could be obtained as a set via mail order. The only methodology for collecting the 1914 version was to pull them from the Cracker Jack box, resulting in serious caramel staining on many of these existing subjects. With that in mind, presented here is the immortal Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame 2nd baseman Johnny Evers presented here in a spectacular PSA 6 holder. Currently, only 3 other copies exist at this plateau with a mere 3 specimens graded higher! There isn’t a single baseball fan that hasn’t heard of the “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double play combination that led the Cubs to several pennants and two World Championships in 1907 and 1908. This example lists the legendary “2nd cog” in that famous trio as a member of his new Boston Braves National League team, one year after assisting the Braves in sweeping the heavily favorite Athletics in the 1914 World Series. A classic Evers throwing pose portraying vivid registration is set against a bold fire engine red background with the image somewhat favoring the left edge. Fine square corners, clean off-white borders, and no obtrusive surface blemishes one either side complete this remarkable near-century old marvel that has managed to avoid the typical caramel corn stains affixed to most 1914 Cracker Jack subjects. A “keeper” for any meticulous 1914 Cracker Jack enthusiast, this magnificent offering would immediately augment any serious gathering listed on the renowned PSA Set Registry!
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