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    Shoeless and peerless!

    1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Joe Jackson #82 SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5.
    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 best able to do so, the men who aspired to the title themselves. But where legends like Cobb and Williams turned a 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 far less cerebral. 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 approaching centennial of the Black Sox scandal has done little to quiet the debate over culpability, and compelling evidence of Jackson's innocence survives in his World Series stat line. Clearly the passage of decades 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?

    We believe it's time for Jackson to take his rightful place in Cooperstown, to make prescient the language printed on the back of this extraordinary cardboard relic that celebrates Jackson as one of two hundred entries in "Baseball's Hall of Fame," an establishment still more than two decades from its ribbon-cutting ceremony at the time of issue.

    While Jackson's worthiness remains a point of dispute, the supremacy of this elite rarity is a matter of record. Only thirteen Jackson representations from this ultra-scarce issue have undergone assessment by the experts at PSA and SGC, with a single EX 5 the closest heir to the throne.

    The card survives in miraculously strong condition, one of the most impressive exhibitions of fortitude from the entirety of the Dead Ball Era's complete trading card population. But even beyond the sharp corners and clean surfaces, this relic distinguishes itself for its sharp registration and strong centering, neither a guarantee in that technological age. It's quite simply one of the most remarkable trading cards that Heritage has had the privilege to offer.

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    August, 2018
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