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1915 Cracker Jack Baseball Cards like Shoeless Joe Jackson are hard to find in good condition

The 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack Baseball Cards

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In 1914 and 1915, a third major league was formed to compete with the American and National Leagues. The Federal League played in many of the same cities as the other two, and enticed a few big league stars to jump ship. After its second season, the league folded and the players returned to the established leagues. These years also saw the release of two sets from Cracker Jack that featured the only cards of Federal League players.

After issuing a 144-card set in 1914, they issued a 176-card set the next year with most of the same players. Those players that had moved to new teams (or leagues) were shown with those teams. A few players were shown with different poses, and five players who were no longer playing were replaced. The 1915 set was available in its entirety by a send-in offer, along with an album.

The two sets feature the same design on both front and back. Card fronts feature a color drawing of a player against a solid red background. Above the player are the words "Cracker Jack" and "Ball Players" in black ink. The player's name, team city and league appear within the lower right border of the card. Card backs feature a card number and a write-up of the player pictured. A solid line separates that information from an advertisement found at the bottom. On cards from the 1914 set, the ad mentions 144 cards in the set; in 1915 Cracker Jack set, the number is changed to 176.

The two Cracker Jack sets while historically significant can be a burden to those who try to put them together(Good news,Beautiful reprint cards are available for this set at a fraction of the cost of the originals). Some collectors have been frustrated by the similarity of many of the sets' cards, since they essentially must obtain two variation cards of most players. Condition is also a factor; since Cracker Jack cards are made of heavy paper (instead of cardboard) and were often left with stains from the candy it came with, top-quality cards are hard to find. Beautiful reprint cards are available for this set at a fraction of the cost of the originals!

Hall of Famers included in this set are Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie and Eddie Collins.

1915 Cracker Jack Shoeless Joe Reprint

1915 Cracker Jack Shoeless Joe Jackson

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"I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter." - Babe Ruth


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