1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb PSA EX 5
Ty Cobb's iconic 1914 Cracker Jack subject will forever be considered one of his foremost cardboard marvels, presented here in an outstanding PSA 5 holder. Indeed, the unparalleled combination of Ty Cobb's iconic "hands apart" batting image affixed to his hallowed Cracker Jack baseball card will forever reign as one of the hobby's foremost cardboard marvels. In 1914, baseball card collecting was taken to a new level via the ultra-popular thin stock cardboard subjects inserted into boxes of the ultra-popular caramel corn treats. While many distinguished Hall of Famers and stars were included on the extensive laundry list of our National Pastime's early 20th century heroes, none could possibly compare to the immortal reverence of the Tyrus Raymond Cobb #30 subject.
Cobb's Cracker Jack issue resides as one of the most coveted cards in our illustrious hobby via his seemingly "timeless" batting image affixed to this sanctified relic. While meticulous enthusiasts relentlessly pursue the finest 1914 Cracker Jack examples of this world-class collectible, due to the significant caramel corn staining on many 1914 specimens, eye pleasing copies are few and far between. This PSA 5 offering has managed to achieve a mid-grade assessment which is no easy achievement considering only eleven specimens have achieved a higher grade. Elite collectors are always searching for an esteemed Ty Cobb Cracker Jack memento and this crown jewel suffices as one of his foremost examples. Inspiring collectors is the majestic Ty Cobb batting stance, with his "hands apart" pose an imposing "Georgia Peach" trademark sought after by the most sophisticated enthusiasts. You can almost feel the intensity radiating from his stoic expression as Ty prepares to stroke another one of his remarkable 4,189 safeties.
It is no secret that Ty Cobb is widely considered one of the finest players who ever graced a baseball diamond. He could hit (his .366 average still reigns supreme), run (he stole 891 bases), throw and field better than any player in the "dead-ball" era (with all due respect to Hans Wagner), with his most amazing achievement his incomparable run of 12 batting titles in 13 seasons including 9 consecutive titles! No wonder his pre-WWI cardboard remnants are among the premier collectibles in the hobby, with none of his issues achieving the unparalleled stature of an eye pleasing 1914 Cracker Jack that has earned it a final resting place in PSA's "Top 250 Sports Card Hobby Guide". Ty Cobb's presence on this eye pleasing memento is awe inspiring to say the least, with the superb aesthetics elevating its standing.
The fiery Detroit Tiger's remarkable hitting prowess is forever depicted via his sanctified "hands-apart" batting image. Portraying fine uniform hues and impeccable clarity, the exalted pose is set against a rich red background and its acceptable centering does show some favoritism towards the left edge. A majority of the staining (typical stigma of any 1914 Cracker Jack) is situated along the borders, with only some minimal/faint staining barely noticeable on Cobb's period style uniform. Even corner wear consistent with the grade, no obtrusive creasing and no obtrusive reverse side flaws complete this majestic offering with its overall aesthetics easily support the assigned grade. For nearly 25 years, Ty Cobb ravaged pitchers with his superior batting skills, substantiating his unquestionable standing as one of baseball's five Hall of Fame 1936 charter members. While many cards of this immortal batsman depict desirable images, it is his Cracker Jack subject that depicts the quintessential Cobb pose, transcending us back to an era when the "Georgia Peach" dominated America's Pastime at a level superior to any of his peers!
MIN BID $7,500