Monday, August 3, 2009

1914 & 1915 Cracker Jack

This week we will look at the 1914 & 1915 Cracker Jack baseball. These 2 sets are among the most rare and valuable collector cards on the market The 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack cards are significant in several ways, they are the only cards which feature players from the short-lived Federal League. The two sets appear very similar and in fact have numerous near duplicate cards. An easy way to distinguish the sets is to look at the backs for the 1915 set, the advertising was printed upside-down in relation to the card front. 1914 series refers to a complete set of 144 while the 1915 series refer to a set of 176. While all of these cards are difficult to obtain in decent condition, the 1915 cards are slightly easier to find because in addition to being available in the Cracker Jack boxes, people could order the full set by mail.
The American Card Catalog designation for this set is E145-2

For a complete checklist of all cards click here

For a smart checklist of cubs player click here

1915 Cracker Jack baseball

17a Roger Bresnahan (no #) . $2500.00

17b Roger Bresnahan. (with number) $750.00

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21 Heinie Zimmerman $350

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41 Tommy Leach $350

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64 Jimmy Archer $350

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89 Lawrence Cheney$350

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101 Frank Schulte $350

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104 Vic Saier $350

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105 James Lavender $350
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750
176 Hippo Vaughn $750
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1914 same cards

17
Roger Bresnahan
variation with no number on the back. About 10x more valuable than the counterpart with the number on back.

17
Roger Bresnahan
number on the back
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21
Heinie Zimmerman

41
Tommy Leach

64
Jimmy Archer

89
Larry Cheney

101
Frank Schulte

104
Vic Saier

105
Jimmy Lavender

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