1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Cards

1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Cards

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The 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack sets are perhaps the most popular of the caramel candy issues released prior to1920. They are easily the most recognizable. Being one of the few E-card (caramel candy) sets that isn't referred to solely by its catalog number is a testament to the level of respect and appreciation collectors have for this storied set. In fact, it's possible that only hard-core collectors even remember the American Card Catalog's E145 designation given to Cracker Jack cards. Inserted one at a time inside boxes of the familiar caramel-coated popcorn and peanut confection, 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball is among the few sets that featured players from the Federal League, a third major league that played for only two seasons.

Measuring 2 ¼ inches by 3 inches, 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball cards are larger than most familiar tobacco and caramel card sets of the era, and are printed on thick paper rather than cardboard. A color drawing of a player appears on the front, below the words Cracker Jack Ball Players. Set against a vivid red background the player image provides a stark contrast allowing the image to "pop" off of the card. Adorning the front of the card is the player's name, city and league affiliation and is contained within the lower border of the card. One unique feature the card stock provides is that it actually serves as the card's border. As a consequence, this allows the card image to bleed into the border. Cards that feature a different shade of white than the originals can easily be identified as fakes. The card backs feature the card number, biography of the player pictured, and an advertisement stating that there are 144 cards in the complete set.

The players featured in the set are the biggest stars of the day. The set features an assortment of Hall of Famers including Honus Wagner (card #68), Shoeless Joe Jackson (card #103), Ty Cobb (card #30), Christy Mathewson (card #88), and Walter Johnson (card #57). The checklist also includes front office executives like club owners Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack, as well as team managers like Branch Rickey and John McGraw.

Since Cracker Jack cards were distributed inside boxes in 1914, they were prone to the obvious condition issue of staining. As a result, most of the ones found today contain stains from the candy that accompanied them. This makes high-grade examples scarce and expensive. Assembling a complete set, in mid to higher grade will cost you well into seven figures.

A nostalgic set that documents some of of the greatest players and personalities of the dead-ball era, 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball pays a fitting tribute to the game of baseball. The candy confectionery treat has long been tied to our National pastime and this set serves as the cornerstone of that relationship.

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1914 Cracker Jack #117 Ted Easterly Kansas City PSA 7 NM LOW POP
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Featuring 144 cards

 1 Otto Knabe
 2 Frank Baker
 3 Joe Tinker
 4 Larry Doyle
 5 Ward Miller
 6 Eddie Plank
 7 Eddie Collins
 8 Rube Oldring
 9 Artie Hoffman
 10 Stuffy McInnis
 11 George Stovall
 12 Connie Mack MG
 13 Art Wilson
 14 Sam Crawford
 15 Reb Russell
 16 Howie Camnitz
 17 Roger Bresnahan
 17b Roger Bresnahan
 18 Johnny Evers
 19 Chief Bender
 20 Cy Falkenberg
 21 Heinie Zimmerman
 22 Joe Wood
 23 Charles Comiskey
 24 George Mullen
 25 Michael Simon
 26 Jim Scott
 27 Bill Carrigan
 28 Jack Barry
 29 Vean Gregg
 30 Ty Cobb
 31 Heinie Wagner
 32 Mordecai Brown
 33 Amos Strunk
 34 Ira Thomas
 35 Harry Hooper
 36 Ed Walsh
 37 Grover Cleveland Alexander
 38 Red Dooin
 39 Chick Gandil
 40 Jimmy Austin UER
 41 Tommy Leach
 42 Al Bridwell
 43 Rube Marquard
 44 Charles Tesreau
 45 Fred Luderus
 46 Bob Groom
 47 Josh Devore
 48 Harry Lord
 49 John Miller
 50 John Hummel
 51 Nap Rucker
 52 Zack Wheat
 53 Otto Miller
 54 Marty O'Toole
 55 Dick Hoblitzell
 56 Clyde Milan
 57 Walter Johnson
 58 Wally Schang
 59 Harry Gessler
 60 Rollie Zeider
 61 Ray Schalk
 62 Jay Cashion
 63 Babe Adams
 64 Jimmy Archer
 65 Tris Speaker
 66 Nap Lajoie
 67 Otis Crandall
 68 Honus Wagner
 69 John McGraw
 70 Fred Clarke
 71 Chief Meyers
 72 John Boehling
  73 Max Carey
 74 Frank Owens
 75 Miller Huggins
 76 Claude Hendrix
 77 Hughie Jennings MG
78 Fred Merkle
 79 Ping Bodie
 80 Ed Ruelbach
 81 Jim Delehanty
 82 Gavvy Cravath
 83 Russ Ford
 84 Elmer E. Knetzer
 85 Buck Herzog
 86 Burt Shotton
 87 Hick Cady
 88 Christy Mathewson
 89 Lawrence Cheney
 90 Frank Smith
 91 Roger Peckinpaugh
 92 Al Demaree
 93 Del Pratt
 94 Eddie Cicotte
 95 Ray Keating
 96 Beals Becker
 97 Rube Benton
 98 Frank LaPorte
 99 Frank Chance
 100 Thomas Seaton
 101 Frank Schulte
 102 Ray Fisher
 103 Shoeless Joe Jackson
 104 Vic Saier
 105 Jimmy Lavender
 106 Joe Birmingham
 107 Tom Downey
 108 Sherry Magee
 109 Fred Blanding
 110 Bob Bescher
 111 Jim Callahan
 112 Ed Sweeney
 113 George Suggs
 114 George Moriarty
 115 Addison Brennan
 116 Rollie Zeider
 117 Ted Easterly
 118 Ed Konetchy
 119 George Perring
 120 Mickey Doolan
 121 Hub Perdue
 122 Owen Bush
 123 Slim Sallee
 124 Earl Moore
 125 Bert Niehoff
 126 Walter Blair
 127 Butch Schmidt
 128 Steve Evans
 129 Ray Caldwell
 130 Ivey Wingo
 131 George Baumgardner
 132 Les Nunamaker
 133 Branch Rickey MG
 134 Armando Marsans
 135 Bill Killefer
 136 Rabbit Maranville
 137 William Rariden
 138 Hank Gowdy
 139 Rebel Oakes
 140 Danny Murphy
 141 Cy Barger
 142 Eugene Packard
 143 Jake Daubert
 144 James C. Walsh
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