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 Post subject: Hello
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 pm 

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This is my first post on this board. I thought I would introduce myself first before I started responding to threads. I have always been a collector. My collecting passion has been centered around baseball cards. One of the baseball card sets that I have been collecting for the past 10 years is the 1914-1915 Cracker Jack set. As most (if not all) know, these were cards that were issued in the box as a prize. In 1915, Cracker Jack allowed the redemption of coupons for a complete set. Here is one of the cards from my collection:

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While researching this set, I found myself attracted to the Cracker Jack brand in general during the 1912 - 1918 time period. I have been trying to acquire various photos of Cracker Jack being sold. Here is a photo from 1915. Although you cannot see it from the scan, there are some 1915 baseball cards pasted on a board in from of the child.

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I look forward to learning more about Cracker Jack. I would also love to see your Cracker Jack related items from the 1912-1918 time period.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:39 pm 
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Hello David and welcome,

Well, you certainly picked very inexpensive sets to complete! Nice to see your cards and hope you will continue to post with more info. In the 1912-18 timeframe are you interested in any particular prizes or just "all" in general. During that time CJ had a lot of different prizes going on and I am sure CJ used prizes they bought in that time frame over the following years; also some earlier ones may have lapsed into that time frame.

Will add more later when I get some "free" time.

That time frame will also be difficult to verify as most prizes were not dated and little to no information is available to verify to release dates. Best we may be able to come up with are some that will be "of the period". Will check to see what I have for dated items first.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:46 pm 
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Welcome, to the CJCA forums, David. The prizes in that era, are out of my area of expertise, but I do love looking at them. Please feel free to post more, they're absolutely beautiful. I especially love the nostalgic photograph of the ice cream stand.
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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:59 pm 
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Hi David, so nice to meet you. :hiya: Thank you for posting your great pictures. The little ice cream stand is precious. I hope you have checked out our "Old Cracker Jack Photos" thread. It has a collection of wonderful photos of old snack stands selling Cracker Jack. Hope to hear from you again soon. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:17 pm 
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Hello everyone,
I checked my inventory and there are not a lot of dated CJ prizes for this time frame. One of the marked ones is this 1916 Ford Model T. Although marked 1916, it may have been released later, but not having any info, I am presuming that the plate date is close to the date of release.

Anyhow, here are some photos of the Model T.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:28 pm 
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Hello, David :hiya:

Welcome to the CJCA forum and thank you for posting your PSA graded Cracker Jack Ty Cobb Ball Players Card, it is very nice! :-o^

The photo of the South Beach, Staten Island Sweet Stand from August 30, 1915 is cool too.

I have a few of the Cracker Jack Ball Player Cards, but no third party graded ones yet, the following cards are representations of the Cracker Jack Ball Player Card conditions I have in my collection.
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Do you have the Cracker Jack Ball Player Album that was advertised on the back of the 1915 Cracker Jack Ball Players Cards? If not I would gladly posted it here for you.

CJAAAJ :nutty:

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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:29 pm 

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Larry, Luke and Diane:

Thank you for the welcome. I have an interest in the various prizes, methods of advertising and point of sale displays during the 1912 - 1918/1919 period. This period interests me because of the baseball card tie-in and the impact of World War I in the US.

I will start a thread of the information that I have learned about this era of Cracker Jack. Some of this information came from a friend of mine (mentor in the baseball card world) who is now dead but was a child in 1914/15 and collecting the baseball cards from the boxes of Cracker Jack.

One nagging question that I have relates to the packaging of the prize. Do you know if the prizes in the 1910s were enclosed in a wrapper? I recall my friend telling me that the cards were inserted in a plain wrapper. Although the wrapper provided some protection, the wrapper couldn't stop the caramel from seeping through when it was hot outside. I have also heard that the cards and other prizes were just inserted into the box.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:32 pm 

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Nice cards. They look like the 1915 set. I have seen the album. However, I do not have one in my collection. It is on my wish list.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:54 pm 
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David wrote:
Larry, Luke and Diane:

Thank you for the welcome. I have an interest in the various prizes, methods of advertising and point of sale displays during the 1912 - 1918/1919 period. This period interests me because of the baseball card tie-in and the impact of World War I in the US.

I will start a thread of the information that I have learned about this era of Cracker Jack. Some of this information came from a friend of mine (mentor in the baseball card world) who is now dead but was a child in 1914/15 and collecting the baseball cards from the boxes of Cracker Jack.

One nagging question that I have relates to the packaging of the prize. Do you know if the prizes in the 1910s were enclosed in a wrapper? I recall my friend telling me that the cards were inserted in a plain wrapper. Although the wrapper provided some protection, the wrapper couldn't stop the caramel from seeping through when it was hot outside. I have also heard that the cards and other prizes were just inserted into the box.


Hi, David :hiya:

Yes, they are from the 1915 Series of Cracker Jack Ball Player Cards.

The Prizes inserted in the Cracker Jack Boxes at this time were just placed with to the product, sometimes they came with small envelopes but most did not such as the Cracker Jack Ball Players Cards. Cracker Jack Coupons were also being used and inserted or printed on the outside of the box for larger premiums for the adults that could be redeemed at the Premium Department of Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein or by USPS. By the way, check out the premium dept. in the Cracker Jack photo thread of this forum.

I look forward to reading your late friends refections of this era of collecting Cracker Jack Ball Player Cards.
CJAAAJ :nutty:

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