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1914 E145 Cracker Jack #99 Frank Chance PSA MINT 9 (OC) - The Only Hall of Famer Ever Graded MINT by PSA!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $10,200
Graded MINT 9 (OC) by PSA. Tremendous ultra high-grade example of Hall of Famer Frank Chance from the 1914 Cracker Jack series. This is a remarkable card! Out of the 3,340 cards from the 1914 Cracker Jack set evaluated by PSA to date, only THREE have ever achieved the grade of MINT - two common players and this one, qualified, Hall of Famer. This is an incredibly high-grade example with four sharp corners, flawless color, and a deep, red background. This card is bright and clean, both front and back. 1914 Cracker Jacks, of course, are almost always found with caramel staining, but this example has absolutely no caramel staining whatsoever, which is virtually unheard of with 1914 #144 Series Cracker Jacks. The card is centered approximately 80/20 L/R and 25/75 T/B, which accounts for the "OC" qualifier on this otherwise dead MINT card. Only two Hall of Famers are among the 1914 Cracker Jack #144 series cards that were not issued in the 1915 series. One is #88 Christy Mathewson, who appears in a horizontal pitching pose in the 1914 set, as opposed to the more familiar portrait pose of the 1915 set. The other Hall of Famer which appears only in the 1914 set is #99 Frank Chance. Because there is no 1915 Cracker Jack alternative to the 1914 Cracker Jack Mathewson pitching pose, that card has in recent years jumped in value considerably and is now widely recognized as one of the great and most significant of all Cracker Jack cards. Card #99 Frank Chance has received very little attention but is of special note as it enjoys the very same distinction (except that Chance does not appear in the 1915 set at all). A very strong case could be made that the #99 Chance in the 1914 Cracker Jack set has not received the attention it deserves from the marketplace and is undervalued. It is rare to find any 1914 Cracker Jack in such high grade, let alone an example of key Hall of Famer Frank Chance, and the offered card would be a worthy addition to any world-class Cracker Jack, Frank Chance, Hall of Fame, or prewar-card collection. SOLD FOR $10,200
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