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    1940 Play Ball Joe Jackson (Superman Back) #225 SGC 60 EX 5. The 1940 Play Ball set has long been a favorite among collectors. Play Ball improved upon their simple 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 collectors sets have a vacancy for #225. Graded SGC 60 EX 5. Card displays nicely with slight wear at the corners.

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