October 2009 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/7/2009
The presented example of Eddie Collins' 1915 Cracker Jack issue has been graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8 and boasts NM/MT to NM/MT+ or better corners between MINT to GEM MINT edges around a predominantly clean image of "Cocky" that marginally favors the west border, but with no trace of a tilt. Still the only player in MLB history to amass at least 12 seasons for two different teams, Collins is of course widely regarded as the greatest second baseman ever, with career records for most games (2,650), assists (7,630), and total chances (14,591) by a second bagger. Judging by his career .333 batting average, which is tied for 26th all time (just ahead of Cap Anson, Ichiro, and Stan Musial), Collins was no schlep at the plate either. In fact, his MLB record of 512 career sacrifice hits is a whopping 120 more than the player with the second-most sac hits. Despite his clean defense and scientific proficiency at the plate, however, Collins was perhaps at his best on the base path. He was the first modern player to ever swipe 80 bags in a season, and he still shares the record for most steals in a single game (6, which he actually accomplished twice in September 1912). After all, they called him "Cocky" not because he was such a disagreeable fellow, but because he was so confident and so accomplished in so many different aspects of the game.
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