Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/24/2010
No one will argue that the T206 Wagner has achieved ‘crème of the crop’ status in the baseball card/memorabilia circuit. Undoubtedly, this card will forever be the benchmark for all other high end vintage cards, the first and foremost artifact paving the way for the sports card hobby. There are, however, a handful of cards, while not as valuable and prestigious as the T206 Wagner, that continue to rise in desirability and stature, becoming a “must have” for any world class collection. One of these cards is the highly sought after E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson rookie card, presented here in an SGC 10/1 holder. Since it is the mystique behind the Wagner that has augmented its investment value, one can only wonder how the investment path of the Jackson rookie card will follow throughout the upcoming years. Wagner has solidified his place in the baseball memorabilia world via his “alleged” disdain for utilizing tobacco related products, yet Joe Jackson’s involvement in the “Black Sox” scandal is equally embellished in baseball folklore, and may continue to impress upon his followers the desire to invest unlimited funds in his cardboard relics as the years unfold. Jackson’s
“Black Sox” legacy far exceeds any Cooperstown 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 immortal Black Betsy bat he leans on in his E90-1 masterpiece will forever transcend time, and serve as a link to Joe Jackson and early 20th century baseball. His “Shoeless” nickname, godly in nature, sends 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. In summary, even Babe Ruth modeled his mighty swing after him, and Cobb called him the best all around player he ever saw on a baseball field!
The central image of this low grade Joe Jackson rookie depicts fine eye appeal with Jackson’s “leaning on the bat” pose unscathed by the mild surface scuffing and surrounding creasing. The soft plum purple background adds a nice tranquil aura to Jackson’s iconic picture, with the image favoring the left edge. True, this offering certainly has condition issues including severely rounded corners, a number of strong creases, lower right surface abrasions and a reverse side American Caramel advertisement that shows the ill effects from what is most likely scrapbook removal. However, it is critical to “keep your eye on the ball” because even low grade Jackson rookie cards are highly sought after within the hobby since there simply aren’t enough to satisfy the entire vintage collecting community. 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, Joe Jackson just may be the most desirable cardboard collectible. 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 desirable than the rookie card that is offered here. While not the T206 Wagner, the Jackson rookie certainly applies as one of the top 10 most wanted cards by any high-end vintage collector, and is a top 250 sports card in PSA’s newly released book. Bottom line is this Jackson heirloom stands next to the T206 Wagner, 1909 T206 Plank, 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie, and 1933 Goudey Lajoie as one of the most prestigious cards in the hobby. With that in mind, 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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