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    1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson Rookie SGC 60 EX 5. 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 degrade 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 coveted relics of the latter demographic, a marvelous example of Jackson's key rookie card, the 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel. While Jackson's exploits with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox are well-known, few realize that he actually got his start in the Big Leagues with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's in 1908. We must recognize the American Caramel Company for including the essentially unknown Jackson in their 120-card promotion as one of the few issues of the era features the young slugger, a rare opportunity to see Shoeless Joe as a representative of the City of Brotherly Love.

    Only slightly more available to the collecting community that its storied contemporary, the T206 Wagner, this Jackson rookie shares ink with the Old Dutchman in any ranking of the top twenty cards in the hobby. Just over seventy examples currently reside in a SGC slab, with just four others matching our offering's 60 EX 5 rating. Only three are superior.

    The very modest edge and corner wear endemic in Dead Ball Era cardboard is the source of the rating, all faults well within the acceptable range to ensure strong aesthetic appeal. Minor soiling is likewise innocuous, and reported only in the interest of full disclosure. When discussing trading cards of such enormous rarity and importance, quibbles over minor condition stumbles seem almost foolish.

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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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