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1916 M101-4 Herpolsheimer #87 Joe Jackson PSA EX-MT 6
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $7,637.50
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. This is an extremely rare M101-4 variety of #87 Joe Jackson. The 1916 Herpolsheimer's set is very similar in design to M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News, but with advertising on the reverse for the "Herpolsheimer Co. – Boy’s Fashion Shop – Grand Rapids – Mich." This card was saved by the father of our consignor, himself now an 82-year-old gentleman. His family originally lived in Grand Rapids, MI, and his father personally got this card in 1916 directly from the Herpolsheimer Company, which was located down the block from their home. According to our consignor, years ago he had approximately two hundred cards, all in the same high grade, but sold almost all of them in the 1980s, keeping only a small selection of the very best players, including Joe Jackson, which are presented here in this auction. Many of the high-grade M101-4 Herpolsheimer examples in the hobby probably originate from his original collection. Despite playing for thirteen years before his banishment, Joe Jackson appears in very few card sets. 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. No creases. The front and back are both perfectly clean. The image is bright and crisp. The corners are sharp with just a hint of wear. The card has been downgraded to EX-MT 6 by PSA strictly because of the approximately 70/30 T/B centering and an ever-so-slight natural diamond cut. It is otherwise in Nr/Mt condition. The reverse advertisement for Herpolsheimer Company 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 $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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