Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/14/2008
Cracker Jack baseball cards are one of the most popular pre-WWI candy issues. Produced in both 1914 and 1915, the 1914 issues are more difficult to find in strong mid-grade or higher due to the unavailability of the 1914 set via mail order (the entire 1915 set could be obtained (through the mail). The 1914 Nap Lajoie Cracker Jack presented here in a strong mid-grade PSA 4 has only been exceeded by 12 examples. Napoleon Lajoie is one of baseball’s greatest 2nd baseman of all-time. Undoubtedly, one of the most beloved players in baseball history, Napoleon Lajoie was the one of the early 20th century’s true embodiments of a National hero. If this wasn’t enough, add 3 batting titles (including an AL modern record of .422 in 1901), 3000+ hits and a .338 lifetime average, it is no surprise that Lajoie was a second ballot Hall of Famer. His picturesque throwing image on this Cracker Jack is crystal clear, set against a vibrant red background and soft green grass. The mildly toned borders are centered 50/50 ‘top to bottom’ and 40/60 ‘left to right’. A few minute stains spots, common for 1914 Cracker Jacks, are evident near the top left border and to the left of his right leg. The straight edging and square corners far exceed the “Vg-Ex” grade, and display “Ex-Mt” characteristics. The backside provides vivid text registration with a few additional diminutive stain spots on the lower half of the card. No major creases are apparent. Overall, the aesthetics are far superior then the technical grade, and considering this example portrays one of baseball’s greatest Hall of Famer’s ever, we highly recommend that you be assertive in your pursuit of this true hobby artifact.
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