1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Cards

When you think of Cracker Jacks, you might think of the 7th inning tune “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,

I don’t care if I never get back,”

Well, in 1914 and 1915 the Cracker Jack company decided to replace the toy inside with cards. 

Measuring 2 inches by 3 inches, Cracker Jack Baseball cards are larger than most familiar tobacco and caramel card sets of the era. Often known for their E145-1 designation, they are some of the most sought-after cards of the deadball era.

On the front of the card is the player’s name, city, and league association. 

You may notice on some cards the addition of a Federal League.

The federal league only lasted for 2 years in 1914 and 15. Although short lived, it did leave an impact on Baseball. The Chicago Whales (A Federal Team) home stadium was the legendary Wrigley Field. The same field used by the Cubs today.

With regards to cards, Cracker Jacks lined up with both years of the league’s operation. Having a Federal League card is a great way to own a piece of baseball history. You can find HOF players like Joe Tinker and Mordecai Brown among the 42 federal cards in the set.

Joe Tinker – Chicago Whales

Mordecai Brown – St. Louis Terriers

The card backs feature the card number, biography of the player, and an ad specifying that there are 144 cards in the complete set.

In 1914, the cards were distributed in Cracker Jack boxes which made them prone to staining. Most contain discolorations from the snack that accompanied them.

The following year, Cracker Jacks had an option to buy a whole set. These cards have an upside down back and don’t have staining issues. That’s one of the reasons why the 1914 CJs have a premium price.

Key Cards

Joe Jackson #103

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One of the most iconic cards in the set is the Joe Jackson. His official rookie card is from 1909, but many flock to this card as it’s one of his best pictures. 

Jackson didn’t have a T205 or T206. 

He only had a few more cards after this release before being banned from baseball. 

Due to the lack of cards during his playing day and the low pop of the release, this card is expensive. Especially when you get to mid to high grades which are nearly impossible to find.

Ty Cobb #30

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Ty Cobb is always a popular subject matter in every set he’s in; easily being the best player to represent the dead ball era.

His Cracker Jack card is often used in images depicting famous cards of the era alongside the 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie and 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie.

Christy Mathewson #80

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Christy Mathewson was one of the three best pitchers of the dead ball era. Cracker Jacks used two different designs for Matthewson in 1914 and 1915. Which makes both highly collectible.

1914 uses a horizontal design of him pitching while 15 uses a portrait shot. 

The 14 is much rarer, having a total PSA pop of 32. The 1915 has 118 graded.

Walter Johnson #57

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Walter Johnson was the most dominant pitcher during the deadball era. The Big Train put up video game numbers the year before when he won the Triple Crown and MVP. 

He won 36 games, with a 1.14 ERA, 243 strikeouts, and an insane 259 ERA+.

Like Cobb, many collectors want any playing day Walter Johnson available to purchase.

Honus Wagner #68

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The 1914 Cracker Jack Honus Wagner is a much more affordable option compared to his T206. While both have about the same pop report, you can subtract two digits from the T206 price. 

The CJ is one of Wagner’s last cards before he hung up his spikes in 1917.

Eddie Plank #6

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Like Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank has a super expensive T206 card. Rumors are that a printing plate broke and halted production of his card. 

Plank’s CJ card is desired by those who collect HOF players and can’t afford his short printed T206 card.

Grover Cleveland Alexander #37

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The 1914 Fatima and Cracker Jack are some of the earliest baseball cards of Grover Cleveland Alexander.

During his HOF career he would win 373 games, 3 triple crowns, and 5 ERA titles.

1914 Cracker Jack Checklist

144 Card Checklist

1 Otto Knabe

2 Frank Baker

3 Joe Tinker

4 Larry Doyle

5 Ward Miller

6 Eddie Plank

7 Eddie Collins

8 Rube Oldring

9 Artie Hoffman

10 Stuffy McInnis

11 George Stovall

12 Connie Mack

13 Art Wilson

14 Sam Crawford

15 Reb Russell

16 Howie Camnitz

17 Roger Bresnahan

18 Johnny Evers

19 Chief Bender

20 Cy Falkenberg

21 Heinie Zimmerman

22 Joe Wood

23 Charles Comiskey

24 George Mullen

25 Michael Simon

26 Jim Scott

27 Bill Carrigan

28 Jack Barry

29 Vean Gregg

30 Ty Cobb

31 Heinie Wagner

32 Mordecai Brown

33 Amos Strunk

34 Ira Thomas

35 Harry Hooper

36 Ed Walsh

37 Grover Cleveland Alexander

38 Red Dooin

39 Chick Gandil

40 Jimmy Austin

41 Tommy Leach

42 Al Bridwell

43 Rube Marquard

44 Charles Tesreau

45 Fred Luderus

46 Bob Groom

47 Josh Devore

48 Harry Lord

49 John Miller

50 John Hummel

51 Nap Rucker

52 Zack Wheat

53 Otto Miller

54 Marty O’Toole

55 Dick Hoblitzell

56 Clyde Milan

57 Walter Johnson

58 Wally Schang

59 Harry Gessler

60 Rollie Zeider

61 Ray Schalk

62 Jay Cashion

63 Babe Adams

64 Jimmy Archer

65 Tris Speaker

66 Nap Lajoie

67 Otis Crandall

68 Honus Wagner

69 John McGraw

70 Fred Clarke

71 Chief Meyers

72 John Boehling

73 Max Carey

74 Frank Owens

75 Miller Huggins

76 Claude Hendrix

77 Hughie Jennings

78 Fred Merkle

79 Ping Bodie

80 Ed Ruelbach

81 Jim Delehanty

82 Gavvy Cravath

83 Russ Ford

84 Elmer E. Knetzer

85 Buck Herzog

86 Burt Shotton

87 Hick Cady

88 Christy Mathewson

89 Lawrence Cheney

90 Frank Smith

91 Roger Peckinpaugh

92 Al Demaree

93 Del Pratt

94 Eddie Cicotte

95 Ray Keating

96 Beals Becker

97 Rube Benton

98 Frank LaPorte

99 Frank Chance

100 Thomas Seaton

101 Frank Schulte

102 Ray Fisher

103 Shoeless Joe Jackson

104 Vic Saier

105 Jimmy Lavender

106 Joe Birmingham

107 Tom Downey

108 Sherry Magee

109 Fred Blanding

110 Bob Bescher

111 Jim Callahan

112 Ed Sweeney

113 George Suggs

114 George Moriarty

115 Addison Brennan

116 Rollie Zeider

117 Ted Easterly

118 Ed Konetchy

119 George Perring

120 Mickey Doolan

121 Hub Perdue

122 Owen Bush

123 Slim Sallee

124 Earl Moore

125 Bert Niehoff

126 Walter Blair

127 Butch Schmidt

128 Steve Evans

129 Ray Caldwell

130 Ivey Wingo

131 George Baumgardner

132 Les Nunamaker

133 Branch Rickey

134 Armando Marsans

135 Bill Killefer

136 Rabbit Maranville

137 William Rariden

138 Hank Gowdy

139 Rebel Oakes

140 Danny Murphy

141 Cy Barger

142 Eugene Packard

143 Jake Daubert

144 James C. Walsh

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