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    Finest known--population one of one!

    1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103 PSA NM-MT 8. It took the greatest scandal in the history of our National Pastime to redefine Joe Jackson. He had been, for the last full decade of the Dead Ball Era, simply the greatest hitter on the planet, a distinction assigned to him by those most qualified to do so, the men who aspired to the title themselves. But where legends like Cobb and Williams turned a scientific eye to the process, deconstructing that fragment of a second that separates success from failure into parts far too small for the mere mortal to see, Jackson's approach was far less cerebral. An illiterate child laborer from the rural South, he was the prototypical "natural," the beneficiary of a gift from God that would be invoiced with a debt of ignominy yet to be forgiven.

    The approaching centennial of the Black Sox scandal has done little to quiet the debate over culpability, and compelling evidence of Jackson's innocence survives in his 1919 World Series stat line. Clearly the passage of ninety-five years has eliminated any hope for a definitive answer, a fact which then begs what is arguably the more pertinent question--is the game improved by this unyielding fidelity to Judge Landis' grudge?

    Though Jackson's excommunication has done little to dull the edges of collecting appeal, there is good reason to believe that a future pardon would energize a surge in an already red-hot market. It's a scenario that should result in a sizable windfall for the next owner of the presented rarity, the sole PSA NM-MT 8 Jackson entry from the maddeningly rare 1914 Cracker Jack issue.

    Like the fabled Black Sox outfielder himself, Cracker Jack cards were largely a victim of circumstance, challenged by an array of factors limiting healthy survival, from the sticky contents of its original packaging to the century of time's assault. The presented specimen is stunningly unscathed, effectively unchanged from its original printing date with not a stain or brushed corner to report. One suspects that a slight westerly shift might have elevated the example to an even higher altitude of rarefied air. It is no hyperbole to characterize this nearly pristine specimen as one of the finest cards to emerge from the first quarter of the twentieth century.


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