Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
Whether it is the “Shoeless” or “Black Sox” legacy, every avid vintage card collector yearns to add a Joe Jackson card to their collection. Jackson’s sudden departure from the game after the 1920 season limited the number of Jackson cards in the market. His rookie card aside, what may be his most popular issue are the 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack cards included in boxes of caramel corn. With that in mind, presented here is the ultra desirable Joe Jackson 1915 Cracker Jack specimen in a splendid SGC 30/2 holder. Joe Jackson’s legacy began way before he played in his first Major League game with the Philadelphia A’s in 1908. While playing with the minor league Greenville club in the Carolina Association, Jackson developed painful blisters due to breaking in a new pair of spikes. The next game he played without shoes with only his black stockings covering his feet. During the game as he rounded third base after hitting a long home run, one fan finally noticed and shouted “you shoeless sonofagun”! A sportswriter pick up on this, printed it the next day, and the legend of “Shoeless” Joe was born. After entering the Major Leagues, Jackson’s hitting dominance continued to emerge for both the Cleveland and Chicago American clubs to the tune of a .356 lifetime average. This run was tragically cut short when Jackson was banned from baseball forever for, allegedly, taking part in throwing the 1919 World Series. In lieu of this, Jackson was never placed in the HOF; however, due to the “Black Sox” scandal, his popularity has increased profoundly.
Simply stated, this may be the finest “Good 2” graded Joe Jackson Cracker Jack on the planet, aesthetically providing all of the qualities consistent with a strong “VG+” example! His remarkable hitting prowess is depicted in a classic Jackson batting image as “Shoeless Joe” follows through after hitting another scalding line drive with his famous Black Betsy. The swinging pose portrays awesome contrast, set against a vibrant “fire engine” red background. The entire frame is only slightly centered towards the right edge, with virtually no apparent staining minimal staining. Even corner wear reflects a super eye pleasing uniformity, the edging is fine and no major creasing is evident. The reverse side bold black print is vividly registered, and only a diminutive marking directly above “Jackson” on the first line has downgraded this masterpiece to its current technical assessment. However, this does not minimize the superior eye appeal of this iconic Jackson card, easily depicting the eye appeal of a mid-grade example. With that in mind, this just might be a grand opportunity to “steal” a low grade Joe Jackson bursting with far exceptional aesthetics for a relatively affordable amount!
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