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Shoeless Joe's rare and coveted rookie1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA VG 3. He's one of the most complicated legends of our National Pastime, an illiterate child laborer from the mills of South Carolina who would emerge as one of the greatest ballplayers the world would ever see. But that popularity would ultimately fall to ignominy as Shoeless Joe was swept up in the greatest scandal in Major League history, sentenced by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to a term of banishment that is now approaching its centennial. But if baseball itself hasn't yet forgiven Jackson, the majority of baseball historians, and certainly hobbyists in the collectibles realm, have opened their arms and hearts to the famed Black Sox conspirator. Here we present one of the most prized relics of the latter, a newly-discovered example of his key rookie card, the 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel card.
While his exploits with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox are well-known, few realize that Jackson actually got his start in the big leagues with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's in 1908. We must thank the American Caramel Company for including Jackson in their 120 card promotion as one of the few issues of the era features the young slugger, and a rare opportunity to see Shoeless Joe as a representative of the City of Brotherly Love.
The card presents better than its technical grade, bolstered by bright colors and sharp registration. Points lost are due to typical edge and corner wear, some wrinkling at top and bottom edges, and imperfect left/right centering, all typical faults of century old cardboard. Just over sixty have been slabbed by PSA, with this specimen firmly planted in the top third of known examples.
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2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas