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    1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103 PSA VG-EX 4. Very few players truly transcend the game as the man named Joseph "Shoeless" Jackson. It was 1914, the year that this now iconic card rolled off the assembly line and into a box of Cracker jack, fully exposed but what was now called home. This season saw one the game's greatest hitters playing his last full year in Cleveland before being traded to Charles Comiskey's Chicago squad, eventually to take his place in history. Immortalized in legend, his batting exploits are condensed in his .356 career batting average that places him behind only Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby. He is the man who batted .408 in 1911 only to lose the batting title to Ty Cobb who managed a mind boggling .420. His banishment from the sport he so wonderfully excelled at fuels the wonderment of passionate baseball fans still after a century of time has passed. Where statistical ranking fails to convey his stature, titans of the game marveled at his natural ability of the man who served as inspiration to a "Babe" named Ruth. Here he still wears the cap of Cleveland, his trusted Black Betsy gripped tightly in his calloused farm boy hands, emblazoned against the scarlet background of this beautiful issue. Aesthetically speaking, one of the most pleasing baseball cards of all-time. Adding to his myth is the lack of appearances on trading cards of any sponsorship from what is called the golden age of baseball cards.

    Graded PSA VG-EX 4, this card is one of four to earn the VG-EX rating from PSA. None others have graded higher from small sampling of only 25 reviewed by the PSA staff. Two corners show mild tip wear, the other two show a slight bluntness. Staining from the All-American snack is light to modest only mildly affecting overall visual appeal. Surfaces are free of any loss, crease and wrinkling. The rich colors of the nicely centered graphics have held up well for the last century-plus. A solid example of one of the more important 20th century cards. How many of these 1914 versions were tossed after the 1915 edition appeared? Apparently quite a bit more than a few as the 1915 version been submitted 3.5-times more often as the 1914 entry and this card is likely to be graded regardless of condition.

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