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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $9,480
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. This extremely rare and desirable E90-1 American Caramel card of the legendary Joe Jackson is one of only a handful of cards of Joe Jackson issued during his playing days, and is indisputably recognized as Joe Jackson's rookie card. This card is also one of the rarest in the entire E90-1 American Caramel card set. In recent years the E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson has become universally recognized as one of card collecting's most valuable and famous vintage-card rarities. Jackson was always a very rare card in the E90-1 set, but in recent years it has become all the more apparent that this card is truly the key to the set. A few sets of E90-1 have been offered in recent years, but more often than not, they are really sets minus one card: Jackson. This card dates from extremely early in Joe Jackson’s career, when he was a member of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s. Jackson played only ten games with the Athletics before Mack traded him to Cleveland. The card is free of the extensive creasing that plagues many low-grade examples, but it does have a single light horizontal crease extending from the right border into the center of Jackson's chest. A small surface wrinkle, which does not break through to the back, is also present directly underneath. Outstanding centering, with evenly rounded corners, an off-white front (compared to the bright white of some examples), and a few scattered spots (possibly caramel remnants) in the upper right. The reverse is boldly printed with dark staining present along the left edge. Of special note with reference to this particular example is the near-perfect printing registration of the card. So many times the E90-1 Jackson rookie is printed slightly out of register. It just comes with the territory with this card. Often, Jackson's lips, which are printed in red, are not even properly placed, and appear noticeably too high or low. This is a printing flaw that usually just has to be tolerated by collectors, and is often even not even considered as most collectors do not realize that the registration quality can vary so wildly from card to card. This Jackson rookie example does not have this common problem. The registration on this card is about as good as it gets. This is an attractive GOOD example that appears at a glance to be in superior condition, and one that (like a low-grade Wagner to T206 collectors) will always be of great interest to E90-1 and Joe Jackson collectors. Very few E90-1 Jacksons exist in high grade, so GOOD condition for an E90-1 Jackson is statistically much more significant than GOOD condition for most tobacco cards. Outstanding example of one of card collecting's most legendary cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $9,480
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