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1914 E145 Cracker Jack #43 Rube Marquard PSA NM 7 - 1 of 1 - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,100
Graded NM 7 by PSA. This is the ONLY example graded at this level by PSA with none higher. In fact, the next closest graded example is an EX 5. Stunning ultra high-grade example of #43 Rube Marquard from the 1914 Cracker Jack series. In addition to his place as one of the thirty-one Hall of Famers featured throughout the 1914 Cracker Jack set, Marquard has the distinction of being one of just a handful of cards to be designed horizontally, and one of only two Hall of Famers (the other being Christy Mathewson) in that format. A look at the combined population reports of PSA and SGC also reveals that Marquard is a slightly more difficult Hall of Famer to obtain within the set, ranking as the sixth-lowest population Hall of Famer. 1914 Cracker Jacks are naturally much more difficult to find in high grade than their 1915 counterparts because the 1914 #144 series cards were only issued in boxes of Cracker Jack, while the 1915 set could be obtained as a factory set directly from the company by mail. The card is perfectly preserved, with outstanding color, an extremely bold red background, a perfect surface, flawless registration, and four sharp corners. 1914 Cracker Jacks, of course, are almost always found with caramel staining, but this example has virtually no caramel staining whatsoever (a tiny spot is present in the right border, which is entirely undistracting and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The reverse is perfectly crisp and clean, with unimprovable flawless bold print. It is hard to imagine a finer example! This is the highest-graded example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, which would be a significant addition to any world-class 1914 Cracker Jack, Hall of Fame, or prewar-card collection. SOLD FOR $5,100
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