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1914 E145 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $40,600.00

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Presented is an extraordinary high-grade example Christy Mathewson from the 1914 Cracker Jack #144 series. Only two examples (one NM 7 and one EX 5) have ever been graded higher. This is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Mathewson cards and one of the most important of all Cracker Jacks. Christy Mathewson appears in a horizontal pitching pose in the 1914 Cracker Jack set, as opposed to the more familiar portrait pose of the 1915 set. Because there is no 1915 Cracker Jack alternative to the 1914 Cracker Jack Mathewson pitching pose, this card is of particularly great significance to Cracker Jack and Hall of Fame card collectors. It is universally recognized as one of the rarest and most significant Cracker Jack cards, and is the key signature card of the entire 1914 Cracker Jack set. This particular example has been hidden away in the collection of a longtime collector for decades, and is new to the modern collecting world. Of all the Cracker Jacks in this advanced collection (over 150 cards in all), only one was in high grade: this 1914 Christy Mathewson! It is an incredible example with sharp corners, flawless color, well centered slightly to the left, perfectly bright and clean, with flawless registration, bold print on the reverse, and with no caramel staining. A faint hint of a crease visible only under laboratory conditions on the reverse is responsible for the conservative grade of VG-EX 4 by PSA. This card has a very strong Excellent appearance. It is an extremely high-end PSA 4. We grade this card Vg-Ex/Ex, bordering on Excellent. Very few 1914 Cracker Jacks have survived in such high grade, let alone of key Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. This is the finest 1914 Cracker Jack of Christy Mathewson we have ever offered. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $40,600.00

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