Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
When you think about the top cards in the industry, cardboard gems such as the T206 Wagner and Plank, the Babe Ruth rookie, Goudey Lajoie and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie all come to mind. None of these, however, can be considered more popular than the legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s E90-1 American Caramel card. This is, indeed, the immortal Joe Jackson’s rookie card, a timeless artifact that is sought after in virtually any condition by almost all advanced enthusiasts. With that in mind, we are proud to offer an affordable Jackson E90-1, graded an SGC 10/1. With higher graded examples selling for staggering figures, this offering just may be the “best buy” in the hobby today. Especially considering that aside from the few creases and reverse side notations accounting for the technical grade, no pinholes or severe paper loss make this Jackson rookie card one of the more aesthetically pleasing low grade examples we have seen over the past several years.
Regarding the aura of a Joe Jackson rookie card, you have to ponder why is it so desirable when he is not even a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame? Simply stated, his Black Sox legacy far exceeds any HOF inductee’s status. Jackson’s involvement in ‘throwing’ the 1919 World Series is immortalized in baseball history, leading to the post Black Sox phrase “Say it ain’t so Joe”! Yet, even before this scandal, Jackson was idolized by a countless number of avid baseball fans, and had already established an iconic relationship with all who followed his superlative career. The Black Betsy’ bat, covered with tobacco juice, that he leans on in this masterpiece of a card will forever transcend time, and serve as a link to Joe Jackson and early 20th century baseball. His “Shoeless” nickname, godly in nature, ends us back to his minor league playing days for the Greenville club in the Carolina Association when Jackson played without shoes due to painful blisters that had developed from wearing a new pair of spikes. How great was Jackson as a ballplayer? His .356 lifetime average is 3rd behind only Cobb and Hornsby, Babe Ruth modeled his mighty swing after him, and Cobb called him the best all around player to ever grace a baseball diamond!
As previously mentioned, the eye appeal for this low grade offering is superior to the technical grade. Jackson’s famous ‘leaning on the Black Betsy bat’ image provides vivid registration and contrast, with no fading whatsoever. The purple sea background creates almost a “royal” look to Jackson’s pose as he prepares to step into the batter’s box to stroke another one of his legendary line drives. The corners, although rounded, provide a consistent even wear, creating a very eye pleasing uniformity. The borders are relatively clean, and uncharacteristically for E90-1 Jackson’s, are well centered. As previously mentioned, several creases running through the center of the card and diagonally near the lower right corner, as well as a notation on the advertisement reverse side are the primary culprits contributing to the technical assessment. Nevertheless, a vibrant Jackson image, the eye pleasing purple background and fine centering combine to supersede the aforementioned flaws, making this offering one of the finer low grade Jackson rookie cards in circulation.
Never could one imagine that a non HOF inductee rate in popularity with the likes of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, etc., yet due to the “Black Sox” scandal, his popularity has increased profoundly. In fact, “Shoeless” Joe may be the most highly sort player on a cardboard relic. Due to his banishment from baseball for, allegedly, taking part in throwing the 1919 World Series, there are a limited number of major Joe Jackson issues making high end collectors scramble to obtain the few Jackson cards that remain available. Of these cards, none are more sought after than his rookie card which continues to draw “top of the line” interest from the superior collectors in our treasured hobby. Before the current market price demands immeasurably soar to unaffordable levels, this is the perfect opportunity to seize the rookie card of one of baseball’s greatest mythical figures. We would not expect the most passionate collector to clear their property to build a “Field of Dreams”, but if you bid strong, Jackson’s rookie card will come”!
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