Cards from the highest graded 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card set ever assembled are on their way to new homes after the 176-card issue was broken up and sold by Heritage Auctions. The auction realized over $1.4 million, doubling pre-auction estimates.
The second of back-to-back sets distributed through boxes of Cracker Jack more than a century ago, the 1915 issue is easier to find in high grade thanks to a mail-in offer the ’14 set didn’t have. Still, the accumulation was unprecedented with every card in the set rated PSA 8 or better and 34 graded 9. Seven cards in the set are the finest known.
Topping the bidding was a PSA 8 Shoeless Joe Jackson. One of 19 at that grade level with two higher, it sold for $120,000.
Other sales included:
- Ty Cobb PSA 8 (pop 10; five higher) $96,000
- Christy Mathewson PSA 9 (none higher) $78,000
- Otto Knabe (#1) PSA 8 (pop 5, one higher) $55,200
- Jack Barry PSA 8 (pop 3, none higher) $50,400
- Eddie Collins PSA 9 (pop 1, none higher) $50,400
- Eddie Plank PSA 9 (pop 2, none higher) $45,600
- Nap Lajoie PSA 9 (pop 6, none higher) $40,800