Lot # 13: 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Shoeless Joe Jackson - SGC VG 3

Category: 1900-1948

Starting Bid: $7,500.00

Bids: 35 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Summer, 2021 Premier Auction",
which ran from 8/9/2021 9:00 PM to
8/28/2021 9:00 PM

The E90-1 card of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is among the most valuable and highly desirable of all the caramel cards. Jackson's "rookie card," the E90-1 is among his most valuable as well, and is always in high demand among collectors. Despite having been infamously banned from baseball as a result of his involvement with the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, there are actually a host of Jackson cards available, as many different companies produced cards during Jackson's career, and many featured different back variations, creating multiple versions of the same card. But it is the E90-1 card, featuring Jackson with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, that is his first true card, having been issued even earlier than the ultra-valuable T210-8 card that has attracted so much hobby attention as of late. In 1908 and 1909, Jackson shuttled back and forth between the A's (where he managed 40 at bats in the two seasons), Greenville of the Carolina League and Savannah of the South Atlantic League. In 1910, Jackson split time between the Cleveland Naps and New Orleans of the Southern Association (where he is pictured on his T210-8 card), but by 1911, Shoeless Joe had proven himself a solid major league hitter, batting .408 in his first full season. From there his career trajectory went steadily upward before being derailed in 1920 by the aforementioned banning. Despite not being an important part of the 1909 Athletics (he had just 17 at bats that season), he somehow managed to become a part of the 120-subject American Caramel set. This is likely due to the proximity of the American Caramel Company (also based in Philadelphia) to the Athletics. Their foresight is to our advantage, as collectors are now treated to this immensely popular card from a highy desirable caramel issue. The card itself is a strong example, graded VG 3 by SGC. The card exhibits corner wear consistent with the grade, more notable at the bottom. Some light spider wrinkles traverse the card near Jackson's extended left arm, at the right edge of the card. The wrinkling is visible on the reverse, which is largely clean with some mild soiling and surface wear. The overwhelming majority of surviving examples of this card fall on the low end of the grade spectrum; this example is quite pleasing for the grade, thanks to a rich purple background and clear, sharp printing. An exceptional card, one of the most desirable of all caramel cards.

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