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    1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103 PSA NM-MT 8 - Only Two Higher. It took the greatest scandal in the history of our National Pastime to redefine Joe Jackson. He had been, for the last full decade of the Dead Ball Era, simply the greatest hitter on the planet, a distinction assigned to him by those most qualified to do so, the men who aspired to the title themselves. Needing no scientific eye to the process, deconstructing that fragment of a second that separates success from failure into parts far too small for the mere mortal to see, Jackson's approach was less cerebral and greater natural talent. An illiterate child laborer from the rural South, he was the prototypical "natural," the beneficiary of a gift from God that would be invoiced with a debt of ignominy yet to be forgiven. The centennial of the Black Sox scandal is upon us and little has been done to quiet the debate over culpability, and compelling evidence of Jackson's innocence survives in his 1919 World Series stat line. Clearly the passage of the years has eliminated any hope for a definitive answer, a fact which then begs what is arguably the more pertinent question--is the game improved by this unyielding fidelity to Judge Landis' grudge?

    Like the fabled Black Sox outfielder himself, Cracker Jack cards were largely a victim of circumstance, challenged by an array of factors limiting healthy survival, from the sticky contents of its original packaging to the century of time's assault. The presented specimen is stunningly unscathed, effectively unchanged from its original printing date.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. One of nineteen in NM-MT. Only two have rated higher. Though Jackson's excommunication has done little to dull the edges of collecting appeal, there is good reason to believe that a future pardon would energize a surge in an already red-hot market. It's a scenario that should result in a sizable windfall for the next owner of the presented rarity. One of the most desirable cards of the Dead Ball Era, and the key card of the 1915 Cracker Jack issue.


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    May, 2019
    30th Thursday
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