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1912-1913 E270-2 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" Joe Jackson - Extremely Rare!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $12,000

Presented is an exceptional example of an iconic baseball-card rarity: the 1912-1913 E270-2 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" example of Joe Jackson. To the best of our knowledge, only four examples are known to exist. This is the very first Colgan's Chips Joe Jackson example we have ever offered!

Among the most unique and distinctive cards ever produced are the various Colgan's Chips issues, beginning with the 1909-1911 E254 "Stars of the Diamond" set and concluding with the E270-2 "Tin Tops" issued a few years later. The cards are actually circular (1-7/16 inches in diameter) and were issued as inserts with Colgan's Chips products in the company's trademark round tins. E270-2 cards were inserted with Colgan's Violet or Mint Chips, as noted on the backs, which is all that distinguishes these cards from their more common E254 counterparts. Understandably, Joe Jackson is by far the key card in the E270-2 set. As noted, it is also among the rarest. To date, only four examples of Jackson are known to exist, and in addition to being the key card among all Colgan's Chips, it is also one of the very few cards of Joe Jackson ever issued during his playing days.

Jackson is pictured with Cleveland in a portrait pose on the card front. Connie Mack discovered Jackson and gave him his first chance in the Majors. Jackson played ten games with the A's in 1908 and 1909. He spent the majority of 1909 in the minors and started the 1910 season in New Orleans. Mack traded him to Cleveland in the middle of the 1910 season with the provision that he would not report until his New Orleans season was finished. Jackson would play parts of six seasons with the Cleveland Naps before eventually being traded to the Chicago White Sox, where Jackson would infamously be implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal in which players were purported to have conspired with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series. The offered card is professionally graded and encapsulated FAIR 20 by SGC. It presents extremely well, with a bold, crisp image of Jackson, and has been downgraded due to scattered technical flaws, including light staining on the reverse, minor edge wear, and a tiny spot of paper loss on the front. Despite these flaws, the card retains an overall display value far better than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. This is a tremendous opportunity to acquire an exceptionally attractive example of this virtually impossible-to-find legendary rarity. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $12,000

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