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1916 Gimbels #87 Joe Jackson SGC EX 60
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $9,000
Graded EX 60 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is an extraordinary example of Black Sox star Joe Jackson featuring the exceedingly rare Gimbels advertising back. This is a very rare back for any M101-4, let alone for Joe Jackson, one of the key cards to the set! This card (and set) is usually referred to as issued by the Sporting News, but the M101-4/5 sets were actually issued with a variety of advertising backs as well as with blank backs. The M101-4/5 sets were also issued as promotional vehicles for a number of regional businesses, among them Gimbels Department Store, which had locations in New York, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee in 1916. Fascinating research by vintage-card scholar Todd Schultz has turned up period newspaper advertisements which reveal that these cards were issued by the Milwaukee store in groups of twenty cards. (Todd's research, and copies of the ads, can be found here: http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=203319.) We are pleased to be able to support this theory by reporting that this card (along with the other 160 Gimbels offered in this auction) have been consigned by a Milwaukee-area family, who has kept these cards in their possession for decades! Like most of the regionally issued M101-4/5 sets, we have never seen or heard of a complete set of Gimbels, which makes this Jackson and the accompanying cards offered elsewhere in this auction an extremely significant offering. To date, SGC and PSA have combined to grade only 119 examples (of all subjects) from this rare set. Only two examples of Jackson have ever been graded (this one and an EX/NM 80; PSA has not graded any). The card features Joe Jackson in a classic batting-pose photograph by Charles Conlon, which is the same photograph used to produce his Cracker Jack card. This is an outstanding and extremely attractive example in all respects. The image is bold and crisp. It is centered very well for this card, with light wear to the four corners (slightly more in the lower left). Gimbels cards (like all M101-4/5 related sets) have a glossy coated surface which is very susceptible to creasing. This card is free of any creases or wrinkles. The printed advertisement for Gimbels on the reverse is bold and crisp. This is an exceptional card worthy of the finest Joe Jackson or rare vintage baseball-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,000
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