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    1940 Play Ball Joe Jackson #225 GAI Mint 9 The 1940 Play Ball set has long been a favorite among collectors, standing along side the classic, beloved 1933 Goudeys. Gum, Inc. improved upon their 1939 design by adding a banner that displayed the player's name, which was flanked by a glove, bat and catcher's mask. The creativity displayed for the 1940 series made for a phenomenal set, and the inclusion of Old Timers was brilliant. If not for such insightful player selection, the offered card would not exist, as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, one of the keys of this set, had not played in the Major Leagues for 20 years. Collectors are forced to wonder if Jackson was included, along with other long-retired players, because he was seen as their peer. Other postulations could be made -- perhaps the employees of the Philadelphia-based Gum, Inc. lamented Connie Mack's decision to trade Jackson to Cleveland, and wondered what might have been, had his career been allowed to end where it began, in the City of Brotherly Love. Interestingly enough, the bio on the card's back makes no mention whatsoever of the Black Sox Scandal, and simply notes that Jackson's career ended in 1920. Many a collector's set has a vacancy for #225, especially in high grade, which makes us all the more proud to offer the ultimate specimen extant: no example of this card has been graded equal or higher than this flawlessly mint piece by either PSA, SGC, or GAI. This magnificent example is the the simple definition of condition rarity, as it obviously never encountered the typical printing defects like so many of its compatriots. The corners are as clean as the day that this one was printed over six decades ago, with perfect registration and a flawless reverse. Don't let this one pass you by because you will likely never have a second chance.

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