August 2008 Auction
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Brand new to the hobby, the featured example of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson's celebrated 1914 Cracker Jack issue comes to Mile High from a lucky couple who recently discovered it amid of a mess of desk drawer papers from a Kansas estate sale. Perusing the papers in the car ride home, the card literally fell into the lap of our consignor, who called immediately thereafter to inquire about a "bright red Joe Jackson Cracker Jack card." Lucky for all of us, the card didn't fall too hard, as it displays four perfectly formed EX/MT to NM corners, none of which show any significant signs of accelerated wear. The edges likewise boast a sharpness consistent with the card's remarkable preservation and appear MINT on all sides but the right, which must be called NM/MT due to a single microscopic imperfection in its otherwise perfect linearity. Even more impressive, however, is the accurate centering which vaunts a noteworthy precision save for a tolerable and almost imperceptible degree or two of tilt. More impressive still is the all important image of the supernaturally gifted batter and tragic American icon. Most impressive, in fact, the image displays near unimprovable qualities in all facets. The image is exceptionally precise with succinct applications of color to Joe's black and white cut-out photo. The facial features appear especially well-printed, exuding the sharpness of a true etching and the "powdery" surface effect favored by advanced Cracker Jack collectors. The characterisitc fire engine red background, finally, appears good enough for a MINT grade and is every bit as brilliant as the day of its printing. Some characteristic candy stains are evident around the surface perimeter and throughout the reverse. Considering the distribution method of the issue, however, this quality adds a palpable visual legitimacy to the card. As most collectors know, the 1914 Cracker Jack cards feature a thinner stock than the 1915 issue and were inserted directly into Cracker Jack boxes, unprotected. In other words, this is precisely how they looked to someone in 1914, and for that reason it is one of the finest examples on record at both SGC and PSA, each of whom report just 2 superior specimens on record. Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6 and dripping with characteristic appeal, offered is scintillating slice of supreme Cracker Jack royalty in the likeness of the legendary "Shoeless Joe."
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