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    1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Joe Jackson #86 PSA EX-MT 6. He was six years old when his family moved to Brandon Mill on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina, a company town centered around a textile factory where he worked twelve-hour shifts as a "linthead," sweeping the floors as the machinery whirred and clanged around him. It was a life punctuated by hard work and very limited funds, with education one of the many luxuries the Jackson family was unable to afford. Though the mill's baseball team would ultimately prove to be the key that would unlock the door to a better life for "Shoeless Joe," his lack of education is often cited as a root cause of his banishment from the game he loved as he fell victim to corrupt forces.

    Not since his earliest days with Philadelphia did the star slugger experience a slow start as seen in his first games in a White Sox uniform. In 45 games, he batted "only" .272 and leaving sportswriters to speculate if Jackson's best days were behind him. They were wrong as Shoeless Joe rebounded with a brilliant 1916 campaign when this card saw circulation, leading the American League with twenty-three triples, 293 total bases and a .341 batting average.

    Graded PSA EX-MT 6. Of confirmed M101-5 Blank Backs on the PSA census, this is the lone card in EX-MT with a trio rated higher. Expanding to include what were called "Sporting News" submissions, this is one of three cards graded EX-MT with a handful rated higher. The offered card exhibits no reverse toning, which is common with the issue and a very nicely centered portrait. There certainly can be found a moral considering his fervent following that a simple man can have an extraordinary place in history. Joe Jackson cards in any condition are sent for grading. Still, PSA has received only fifteen total submissions leaving a vast gulf between supply and demand fueled by the legendary slugger's illiteracy and his supreme baseball relevance respectively.

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