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1940 R335 Play Ball #225 Joe Jackson

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,067

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. The legend of Joe Jackson is monumental in our hobby. Though he was one of the greatest players to ever take the field, his banishment from the game has made him even larger than life. The offered card was produced exactly twenty years after Jackson and seven other "Black Sox" were banned from the game by Judge Landis for throwing the 1919 World Series. Interestingly, the back of this card makes no mention of this; rather, it states that "he was traded to the White Sox in 1915 and was with them until he stopped playing after the 1920 season." Unfortunately for collectors, there are few vintage cards of Joe Jackson. This 1940 Play Ball card is one of the few and is particularly fascinating as it was issued when the memory of the scandal was still very fresh in the minds of baseball fans. This is an attractive mid-grade example of one of Joe Jackson's most classic cards. The card presents with even wear to the corners, flawless registration, and light toning, common to the issue. Centered to the left. The card is free of any creases but has been downgraded due to spider wrinkling visible throughout the reverse, a flaw that can only be seen at the right angle and does not break through to the front. This is an outstanding example with exceptional eye-appeal of this classic Joe Jackson card. SMR is $975. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,067

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