Each subject is either a Ball Player or a Manager. The front side indicates the name of the player often without his first name, along with the city of his club and its league, American, National or Federal. The back includes a very short biography and tells how these cards are distributed.
In that first year the cards are inserted free of charge into the brand's popcorn boxes, one per package. They are very rare in excellent condition : many of them have been soiled either by a packaging without care or by contact with the candy.
The Cracker Jack series of 1915 brings several improvements including a greater thickness. The number of subjects is increased to 176, with very few changes in the original 144 numbers. A notable exception is number 88 for which a commonplace image of pitcher Christy Mathewson is replaced by his nice portrait.
The free availability in popcorn boxes is unchanged, but collectors can now acquire the entire series or an album by sending coupons. The new head to tail position of front and back makes it very easy to identify the 1915 cards.
The top champions are Joe Jackson and (Ty) Cobb, each one brandishing his bat. Cobb's severe gaze remarkably reflects his reputation as an unfriendly and even brawling character.
PSA has certified Mint 9 two 1915 Jackson cards and three 1915 Cobb cards, with no auction history for these Jackson. A Cobb was sold for $ 430K including premium by Heritage on June 29, 2017. Another Cobb also rated Mint 9 by PSA is estimated $ 400K for sale by Heritage online from Dallas on April 18, lot 51270. No Cobb or Jackson from the previous year is graded Mint.
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SOLD for $ 500K including premium