|1914 #88 Mathewson|
The E145 Cracker Jack baseball card set is one of the rarities of the baseball card world. Vintage Cracker Jack prizes and toys continue to be very popular amongst collectors. The history of Cracker Jack and its baseball cards reflects the history of baseball in the first few decades of the 20th century. Produced by Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein, Cracker Jack was first sold at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The mixture of popcorn, peanuts, and molasses was a hit with those who tried it. In 1912, the manufacturers of Cracker Jack started making toys and prizes to insert into the boxes. In 1914, they made the decision to include baseball cards.
|1914 #36 Eddie Walsh back|
The 1915 Cracker Jack set could also be purchased directly from the company in album form. Those who collected the 1914 set noticed that the cards were very prone to becoming sticky from the molasses that coated the popcorn and peanuts inside. The Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein company took note of the complaints and decided to offer coupons that could be redeemed for an entire set of Cracker Jack cards.
One important characteristic of the Cracker Jack baseball cards is that the set includes three different leagues: the American, National, and Federal. The Federal League existed for only two years, but it happened to coincide with the release of the Cracker Jack cards. There were a total of eight teams in the Federal League, several of which moved or relocated during the league’s two year lifespan. The Baltimore Terrapins, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, Buffalo Blues, Chicago Whales, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Kansas City Packers, Pittsburgh Rebels, and St. Louis Terriers made up the Federal League. In some cases, the teams were simply known as an abbreviated name of their city plus the suffix -fed. For example, the Whales were also known as the “ChiFeds”.
|1915 #23 Comiskey|
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