Only one finer in total PSA population of nine!1910 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA VG+ 3.5. 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 impending 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 ninety-nine 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?
The offered rarity finds the twenty-two year old outfielder engaged in the decade-long climb toward the lofty ledge from which he'd fall. His 136 games with the 1910 New Orleans Pelicans would represent his final term of minor league ball before he'd return to the Majors for good with a scorching .408 average for the 1911 Cleveland Indians, second only to the great Ty Cobb in the American League.
The presented representation likewise finds only a single superior, though we must point out that that EX 5 example bears a qualifier. This card stands alone as the highest-graded unqualified model.
Typical corner rounding and wear to the full-bleed red borders account for the listed grade, but the perfect image registration and precise centering draw the eye away from these common distractions. As one of just nine Joe Jackson tobacco cards in the full population of PSA, this is a card that easily shakes off any condition concerns. The T210 Jackson makes the venerable T206 Wagner seem downright common by comparison, and elevates its owner to a most elite collecting brotherhood.
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