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1916 H801-9 Ware's #87 Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,875.00
Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples with Ware's advertising on reverse graded at any level by PSA. This Ware's Basement sporting goods store card #87 Joe Jackson is an extreme rarity. Catalogued H801-9, Ware's are very similar to M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News. The M101-4/5 sets were also issued as promotional vehicles for a number of regional businesses, among them Ware's Basement Sporting Goods of New Rochelle, New York (as well as Globe Clothiers of St. Louis, which is also catalogued H801-9). While all of the M101-4 related issues have the same fronts, a variety of different regional advertisers can be found on their reverses (Globe, Gimbels, Weil Baking, etc.) in addition to the more common The Sporting News and blank-backed cards. Exactly how this set was issued by Ware’s is unknown, but it is likely that they were distributed from a single retail location (276-278 Main Street in New Rochelle), thus accounting for their great rarity today. Cards with Ware’s advertising were well known to Jefferson Burdick, who deemed them a separate set from M101-4 and catalogued them “H801-9” in the American Card Catalog . Like most of the regionally issued M101-4/5 sets, we have never seen or heard of a complete set of Ware's. This is a very distinctive example of one of Joe Jackson's most classic cards. Despite his playing for thirteen years before his banishment, there are very few cards of Joe Jackson. He missed being included in the T206 series, and was banished from baseball in 1920 just before the release of the American Caramel and related issues of 1921. This card features 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. Ware's cards (like all M101-4/5 related sets) have a glossy coated surface which is very susceptible to creasing. This card has no creases. The front is bright and clean. The image is bold and crisp. The corners are square with very light even wear. The card has an Excellent appearance but has been downgraded to VG-EX 4 by PSA due to minute faults including the tiniest surface chip in the extreme upper right corner. The printed advertisement for Ware's sporting goods on the reverse is bold and crisp. This is a very attractive example of an extreme rarity and would be a worthy addition to any world-class Joe Jackson or rare vintage baseball-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,875.00
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