Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/14/2008
No pre-WWI baseball card issue is more popular amongst vintage collectors than Cracker Jack cards that were inserted into that Company’s product in 1914 and 1915. A significant number of ‘dead ball’ era Hall of Famers were included in the issue, with the high end stars including Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Joe Jackson (non HOF), 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 in the universe. 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 PSA 8 holder, only bested by 4 other PSA encapsulated examples! The card itself is brilliant! Wagner’s timeless portrait image is perfectly registered, depicting no blemishes whatsoever. The classic ‘fire engine” red Cracker Jack background is boldly vibrant, framed by super clean borders with “dean on” centering. The entire perimeter of the card is razor sharp including four un-improvable pinpoint corners. The black text on the back of the card presents well, with only some minor toning near the bottom third of the card. The overall presentation is nothing short of spectacular, especially for a card that is closing in on its 100th birthday. Any pre-WWI Wagner issues are being sought after by most vintage hobby enthusiasts. While many low to mid-grade examples are available, every so often a gem like card comes along that even the supreme high grade collector cannot resist. The presented artifact falls into this category, defying insurmountable odds to remain in its almost original state over a century of time. Any vintage collector cannot ignore the outstanding eye appeal of this museum quality masterpiece that begs the question....”is this a case for, at a minimum, a half grade up-tick”? Let the bidding begin!
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