Thursday, July 5, 2012

1914 Cracker Jack reverse side

You know, my favorite thing to do on this blog is to examine the backs of vintage baseball sets from the 50s on up, but this time I’m looking at the 1914 Cracker Jack. Very little about card backs is ever discussed, but the reverse side can be very interesting. They complete a picture by providing information that people might not know. The Cracker Jack Company of Brooklyn and Chicago began inserting baseball cards into its boxes. This is one of the most popular baseball card sets of all time and these cub players are some of the best that ever played the game. Here’s the checklist.

To tell the difference in the 2 years they were printed, the ad mentions 144 cards in the set; in 1915, the number was changed to 176. Another difference between the backs in the two sets is that the 1915 cards were printed "upside down" in order to be read when mounted in an album specifically made for the cards.

17 Roger Bresnahan with number
17 Roger Bresnahan no number about 10x more valuable
21 Heinie Zimmerman
41 Tommy Leach
64 Jimmy Archer
89 Lawrence Cheney
101 Frank Schulte
104 Vic Saier
105 James Lavender

The American Card Catalog designation for this set is E145-1

For value and other info click here

Printer Friendly Cubs team Checklist

 Condition is a big factor since Cracker Jack cards are made of heavy paper (instead of cardboard) as you can see all the stains from the candy and the discoloration from sitting around all these years.

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