Summer, 2013 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/25/2013
The current high bid for the complete set, $30,000.00, is greater than the aggregate total of the bids on the single cards that comprise this set, $29,165.00 (this lot is currently winning)
2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the landmark E145 Cracker Jack set.  One of the most beautiful card issues ever released, the Cracker Jack cards - and the product - have captured the imagination of the hobby for a century.  Likely the most popular and highly desirable of all the caramel issues - and one of the most popular prewar sets in general, the cards feature 144 of the game's biggest stars, presented on bold, red cards printed on lightweight, cream-colored stock.

Of late, demand for cards from the 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack issues has increased considerably, with higher-grade examples setting regular sales records and Hall of Famers continuing to rise.  The newly issued book The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players by Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala, is being released in conjunction with PSA at the 2013 National.  This is likely to to raise the profile of the book even further, as Zappala's book on the T206 issue did several years ago.  The book, which will focus on the players included in the set, is an invaluable research tool with tremendous information on the players included in the set.

Cards from the 1914 issue are difficult to find, and incredibly condition-sensitive, due to the flimsy paper on which they were printed, as well as the fact that the cards were inserted into boxes of Cracker Jacks.  Obviously this put the cards in close proximity to the product, leaving them susceptible to caramel staining - a fact of life with Cracker Jacks.  The issue is absolutely loaded with stars and Hall of Famers, which, combined with the condition-sensitivity of the set, has made it an extremely challenging issue to collect for even the most advanced of collectors.  For this reason, only four current complete graded sets exist on the PSA and SGC registries combined.

Of all the remaining sets on both registries, this one is closest to completion, at 81%.  Ranked an incredible #4 on the PSA Current Finest list and #10 on the All-Time Finest list, the set features 117 cards including many of the issue's keys.  Most of the cards, regardless of numerical grade, present incredibly well - and many are also among the highest-graded copies known.
 
Cards included in the set are as follows:  PSA EX-MT 6 (5 cards): #16, 56, 59, 67, and 102; PSA EX+ 5.5 (1 card): #42; PSA EX 5 (14 cards): #15, 17 (Bresnahan, HOF), 20, 21, 24, 31, 34, 36 (Walsh, HOF), 62, 64, 72, 84, 89, 100; PSA VG/EX+ 4.5 (2 cards): #8, 115; PSA VG/EX 4 (20 cards): #5, 9, 12 (Mack, HOF), 29, 37 (Alexander, HOF), 38, 41, 44, 46, 51, 54, 71, 104, 109, 111, 113, 127, 138, 140, 144;  PSA VG+ 3.5 (3 cards): #49, 110, 143; PSA VG 3 (26 cards): #4, 11, 14 (Crawford, HOF), 23 (Comiskey, HOF),27, 40, 45, 47, 58, 61 (Schalk), 65 (Speaker, HOF), 69 (McGraw, HOF), 78, 80, 85, 97, 105, 107, 116, 117, 119, 126, 128, 129, 132, 142;  PSA GOOD+ 2.5 (5 cards): #43 (Marquard, HOF), 70 (Clarke, HOF), 122, 135, 136 (Maranville, HOF); PSA COOD 2 (17 cards): #2 (Collins, HOF), 19 (Bender, HOF), 22 (Wood), 26, 50, 52 (Wheat, HOF), 57 (Johnson, HOF), 63, 75 (Huggons, HOF), 82, 96, 118,  123, 125, 130, 137, 139; PSA FR 1.5 (5 cards): #77 (Jennings (HOF), 79 (Bodie), 81, 92, 121; PSA PR 1 (18 cards): # 1, 2 (Baker, HOF), 3 (Tinker, HOF), 25, 32 (Brown, HOF), 39 (Gandil), 48, 53, 55, 76, 83, 94 (Cicotte), 98, 101, 106, 114, 124, 134.

In our Summer, 2013 auction, we are fortunate enough to offer a host of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jacks, including many of the keys from both sets.  1914 and 1915 Cracker Jacks are among the most important card issues the hobby has ever known.  

We are proud to offer this 1914 Cracker Jack near set as both a complete set and as individual lots.  When the auction closes, the higher of the two - either the winning bid on this lot (the complete near-set) or the cumulative total of the individual lots (lots 171-213) will be awarded the spoils.  

An exceptional group of cards from one of the hobby's most important and significant issues, we are pleased to offer this high-quality group of 1914 Cracker Jacks, the #4 set on the PSA Registry at 81% complete.
1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!
1914 Cracker Jack near set (117/144) - #4 on the PSA Registry!
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Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $35,400
Number Bids: 19
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
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