A recently graded 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson sold for over $87,000 late Sunday night. PWCC sold the SGC 5 card as part of its regular auctions on eBay. It was part of a larger consignment of vintage cards that was graded by SGC during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.
Fewer than 60 graded examples of the 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson exist. Last year, a PSA 5 sold for $84,000.
A jaw dropping and altogether exceptional offering which sets the tone for what’s possible for trading cards as an investment caliber alternative asset. This was submitted at this year’s National Convention as part of a larger grouping of cards which is being auctioned off this year. The 1914 Cracker Jacks will always hold a special place in the marketplace because unlike their 1915 counterparts, these were only ever issued in product packaging. Over the years, the oils and sugars inherent to the candied corn rendered the overwhelming majority of 1914 examples notably stained, sometimes severely, as the residues oxidized over time. Offered here is a truly immaculate example of a highly coveted and yet also intensely elusive production, never seen in condition quite like this. Arguably Shoeless Joe Jackson’s most coveted card, and certainly his most attractive. This example has somehow survived the last 100 years with only minimal signs of wear to the extreme periphery, combined with surfaces virtually unscathed by the product staining so common to the issue. This card belongs in a museum. Almost dead centered and exceedingly bright throughout. The only flaws which render are a couple exceedingly faint areas of toning (perhaps faint product staining) and some mild and even wear to the extreme corner tips. All told, this is the single prettiest 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson we’ve seen auctioned anywhere in our history. For those investors who have studied the market, it’s clear this card resides in a special club of investment caliber trading cards. Conservatively assessed by SGC and rates as a ‘3’ on our eye appeal scale. We love this card as much as any pre-war issue we’ve ever sold and pre-congratulate whichever lucky future owner can identify this as part of their portfolio. World class. One of over 18,000 cards, lots and sets up for bid in our 9th Auction of 2018. Click on the link above to view the other PWCC auction lots.