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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $21,330
Addendum: It has been brought to our attention by someone who viewed this lot in person and spent a great deal of time examining the card that there may be a very small area of retouched white color in the top left corner of the card, which would account for the "Authentic - Altered" designation from PSA. This is not something that we detected originally, but after having it pointed out to us and inspecting the specific area more closely, we do see where it is possible that a color touch up is present.
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 as knowledge has increased, it has become all the more apparent that this card is truly the key to the set. It is not unusual to find the Joe Jackson card missing from any set or collection of E90-1, whether it is newly discovered or presented at auction after years of assembly. 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. Bright and crisp with near-flawless registration (which can sometimes be an issue with this card), bold colors, and excellent centering. Light, even wear at the corners (more noticeable in the upper left). Clean, boldly printed reverse. Entirely free of any creases or wrinkles. Consigned to this auction as part of a large collection assembled by a longtime advanced collector, this card was purchased in the 1990s (long before the prominence of professional grading), at which time it was described as Near Mint. As can easily be seen at a glance, by today's grading standards, it has an Excellent or better appearance. Submitted to PSA for grading by REA, the card is encapsulated as "Authentic" due to evidence of "alteration." The "alteration" in question appears to be the partial erasure of an incredibly faint stray pencil line, approximately 1/4-inch long, on the reverse. It is almost impossible to see unless you are looking for it and would go unnoticed by many more often than not, but it is there. As with any E90-1, when submitting for grading we were more concerned about the possibility of the card coming back encapsulated as trimmed than altered. (In the old days, so many E90-1 American Caramel cards were neatly trimmed across their bottom borders to allow them to fit into plastic pages for storage.) We were not expecting an "altered" designation. PSA has somewhat inconsistently applied the use of its "MK" qualifier and "Authentic-Altered" designations with respect to this type of flaw (writing and subsequent erasure). If this is, indeed, the only flaw that qualifies the card to be designated as "altered" by PSA (and we see no other), then we are of the opinion that this card might also be worthy of encapsulation in a qualified numerically graded holder, or a numerically graded, but appropriately downgraded, non-qualified holder. (In keeping with REA's long-standing policy of not resubmitting cards for grading, we are selling the card exactly as it was received by us from PSA.) An E90-1 Joe Jackson is a card that (just like a T206 Wagner) is always of great interest to collectors in any condition. The offered example, in any holder, is a tremendous card, superior to many others we have seen, and one that will always be of great interest to E90-1 and Joe Jackson collectors. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $21,330
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