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1916 M101-5 Sporting News #86 Joe Jackson (Famous & Barr Ad on Back)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $5,287.50
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is an extremely rare M101-5 variety of #86 Joe Jackson. The 1916 Famous and Barr set is identical in design to M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News, but with advertising on the reverse for the "The Boys’ Clothes Store of St. Louis - Famous and Barr Co. – St. Louis Foremost Boys’ Clothes Store." The St. Louis-based Famous & Barr Company was one of several regional advertisers to issue both the M101-4 and M101-5 series cards, and almost all Famous & Barr examples known are M101-5s. The great rarity of this card is confirmed by the fact that only three Famous & Barr Joe Jacksons have ever been graded by any of the grading companies (the other two examples are a SGC GOOD 30 and an PSA EX 5). 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 a magnificent mid-grade example, with tremendous eye-appeal, of one of the most significant of all baseball cards. The front and back are both perfectly clean. The image is bold and crisp. The corners are square with light even wear (predominately the lower left). The card has been downgraded to VG/EX 50 by SGC strictly because of a tiny cluster of surface creases in the lower left corner. The creasing is very fine and is only on the surface; it does not go all the way through to the back of the card. It is otherwise in Excellent condition and has an overall Excellent appearance. The reverse advertisement for Famous and Barr Co. is bold and crisp, and the centering is perfect. 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/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,287.50
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