Fall, 2019 Premier Auction - Closes November 30
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One of the key cards to the increasingly popular 1914 Cracker Jack set, fresh to the hobby, though it has been graded for some time.

Consigned by a noncollecting family, as is the case with cards like this, it carries an interesting backstory.  The story begins in 1922, when its owner, a six-year-old boy, sadly passed away.  70 years later, descendents of the youngster made their annual pilgrimage to a local cemetary to pay respects to departed family members.  The young daughter of the family took a keen interest in the story of her great uncle, and in an effort to teach a life lesson, her parents retrieved a small box from the attic, inherited by the family, which contained all the earthly belongings of the young boy.  In an effort to teach the girl how much easier children of today have things, in comparison with pre-Depression youngsters, they took out the box and reviewed its contents: a ball, five jacks, a handwritten note, three stamps, and one single baseball card: a 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson.

Intrigued by the card, which at the time was worth several thousand dollars, the family researched the steps they should take to ensure its authenticity and value, and to avoid shipping the card took a family trip down the cost, eventually submitting it to PSA for grading.  Upon receiving the grade of GOOD 2, the family locked the card away in a safe deposit box for years, finally deciding to consign the card to auction after the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal and reports of escalating values in Jackson cards renewed their interest in selling it.

The card itself is stunning: well-centered and clean, with crisp registration and bold color, with reasonably sharp edges and corners.  While the caramel staining ubiquitous to the issue is present, the surface itself is relatively clean, save for some very mild abrasions along the right side.  The primary culprit resulting in the grade are several very tiny indentations and punctures, barely visible except under magnification, along the left side of the card.  

Though the card has been graded for some time, we have elected to assign our "Freshly Graded" stamp to this one, because it has not left the possession of the owner's family since the date of issue.  Fresh to the hobby, a wonderful example of one of the most important cards of its era.

Stunning 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson - PSA GOOD 2Stunning 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson - PSA GOOD 2
Stunning 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson - PSA GOOD 2
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Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $60,580
Number Bids: 31
Auction closed on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
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