1915 Cracker Jack #17 Roger Bresnahan (SGC 96 MINT 9) - "1 of 2"; Highest Graded Example on Both the SGC & PSA Pop Charts!
One of the most prestigious baseball cards ever produced were the Cracker Jack cardboard relics included in the caramel candy boxes in 1914 and 1915. Loaded with many of our National Pastime's Cooperstown inductees, one of those players, Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan, is presented here in a "jaw-dropping" SGC Mint 9 holder. One of only two specimens at this stratospheric plateau, it currently shares the spotlight with a few other examples as the finest of its kind on BOTH the PSA and SGC pop charts! Bresnahan is regarded as the first catcher to wear shin guards in a major league game in 1907, and is also the first catcher ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Originally brought up to the Major Leagues as a standout pitcher, Bresnahan actually tossed a six-hit shutout in his Major League debut against the St. Louis Browns in 1897.
He would eventually try several other positions before finding his niche as John McGraw's first-string catcher on his 1905 championship team. His stunning and well-centered portrait image virtually "jumps" off the card, affixed to a flawless red hued background. The well centered illustration only reveals a slight negligible "tilt" towards the upper right corner, includes four blizzard white borders, and the razor-sharp perimeter includes four of the finest corner tips you will ever come across. As a final exclamation point to this "pack-fresh" masterpiece, the reverse side jet-black text is affixed to an impeccable off-white surface. It is virtually incomprehensible that a 103-year old cardboard artifact could possibly retain nearly all of its original factory issued attributes. Yet, one look at this supreme offering's breathtaking aesthetics substantiates its miraculous grade and pinnacle standing!
MIN BID $1,500