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1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #82 Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,703
Presented is an extraordinary example of Joe Jackson from the 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy set. By any measure, this is one of Joe Jackson's most significant and rarest cards. Only eight examples of this card have ever been graded by PSA and SGC combined. In our opinion, this is a tremendously overlooked card. The reason this card has never quite gotten the attention it deserves is simply because it is so rare. 1917 Collins-McCarthy candy cards are one of the few major card issues dating from the mid teens. They are somewhat similar in design to the M101-4/5 Sporting News cards, are from the same general era, and also have 200 cards in the set. E135 Collins-McCarthy cards, however, are considerably rarer. In addition, they were never issued as complete sets to the public. E135s are usually encountered only in small groups and usually in low grade. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock (compared to M101-4/5) that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. The offered card is bright and crisp, with outstanding picture quality, extremely light corner wear (most noticeable in the upper right), no creases, and centered to the right. There is a partial wet-sheet transfer visible on the front of the card, likely the result of having been stacked while wet during the production process. The card has an Excellent appearance but has been encapsulated as "Authentic" by PSA (submitted by REA) due to evidence of trimming. The trimming on the card, which was purchased by our consignor in the days prior to professional grading and described at the time as Near Mint, is very subtle, and the card appears to measure full size (it may actually even be oversized). We would not rule out the possibility that it is sheet-cut, but this is speculation. The reverse is also extremely clean with bold black text and only a few stray spots of print in the upper left corner. In any holder, this is an outstanding and exceptionally attractive example of one of Joe Jackson’s most elusive and important cards dating from two years prior to the 1919 Black Sox scandal that ruined his Hall of Fame career. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,703
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