Ben Franklin Award Winner, Silver Medal, 2014
The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest baseball card collections in the world. The players included in this superb set range from some of the best in the game, like Eddie Collins, part of the famous $100,000 infield of the Philadelphia Athletics, to lesser-known players like Cuban-born Armando Marsans, a talented player who also made fine cigars!
The game of baseball was still evolving during this period and issues like player salaries, rule changes and the birth of the renegade Federal League all contributed to shaping our National Pastime. The player stories included in this book give a glimpse into the realities of life in the early 20th century, and provide a journey through one of the most exciting eras in baseball history. This book is a great read for anyone who loves baseball, not just the collector.
This beautiful hardcover coffee table format publication is filled with artistically rendered full-color photographs of baseball artifacts; a full-size, full-color image of every player card in the set; and images of antique Cracker Jack prizes and memorabilia. The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players not only details the personal and professional lives of the players that make up the historic Cracker Jack Collection, but also discusses the history of the Cracker Jack product and its close connection to baseball.