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    1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88 SGC 60 EX 5. On Independence Day of this year, the great Christy Mathewson shut out the Phillies in the second game of a Polo Grounds doubleheader to notch his 350th career victory. With Babe Ruth nothing more than a promising prospect at the close of 1914, and Ty Cobb a now brilliant superstar, albeit one none would call "warm and fuzzy," it was Mr. Mathewson who held the collective hearts of baseball fans nationwide at the time he appeared on this Cracker Jack card. Mathewson would appear in the 1915 Cracker Jack series but this attractive horizontal pitching pose would be replaced by a formal portrait of Factoryville, PAs native son. As a one year only issue, today this card is among the most difficult and most popular Cracker Jack cards to acquire from either of the E145 editions. It is revered for its subject and famous rarity. The creative interplay between a pitching Mathewson, "Cracker Jack" and "Ball Players" copy are all embraced by the rich red background.

    Graded SGC 60 EX 5. A review of the SGC census report show this card is one of two at the EX level with just one other grading higher. Issued in boxes of baseball's adopted snack, thankfully the card has survived with only very light staining; the off-centered graphics are very bright, clear, and precisely registered, almost wholly unaffected by the close to century old product imprinted into the paper. The fragile, textured media is free of any creasing or wrinkling. Compared to the harsh, 100% black-and-white, technical assessments, the visual appeal of this rare E145-1 entry is above and beyond the unforgiving guidelines of third party grading services. A prize for Cracker Jack collectors and Mathewson enthusiasts alike.

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