Goodwin's Commons and Masterpieces XVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/30/2008
Not even Babe Ruth can boast the myriad of baseball anecdotes applied to the great Joe Jackson including “Shoeless Joe”, “Black Betsy” and one of the most famous quotes in baseball history “Say it ain’t so Joe”! 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. 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. Presented here is one of Jackson’s most popular issues, the 1915 Cracker Jack in an SGC 30/2 holder. The classic Jackson swing is depicted in the image as “Shoeless Joe” follows through after hitting another scalding line drive with his famous Black Betsy. A vibrant red background is complimented by clean borders that center the image relatively 50/50, and staining is minimal for the typical Cracker Jack card. Multiple creases/surface wrinkles have downgraded this card to an SGC 2, particularly near the top two corners and through the center of the card. This does not, however, take away from the overall appearance of the card with the strong Jackson image and bold red background dominating the card. 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 Cracker Jack will come”!
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