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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $23,500
Graded VG+ 3.5 by PSA. Presented is an outstanding example of one of the great classics in all of card collecting: the extremely rare and desirable E90-1 American Caramel card of the legendary Joe Jackson. The E90-1 is one of just a handful of sets that include of cards of Joe Jackson issued during his playing days. This card is also indisputably recognized as Joe Jackson's rookie card and is also one of the rarest in the entire E90-1 American Caramel card set. In recent years the E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson has become universally recognized as one of card collecting's most valuable and famous vintage-card rarities. Jackson was always a very rare card in the E90-1 set, but in recent years, it has become all the more apparent that this card is truly the key to the set. A few sets of E90-1 have been offered in recent years, but more often than not, they are really sets minus one card: Jackson. This card dates from extremely early in Joe Jackson’s career, when he was a member of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s. Jackson played only ten games with the Athletics before Mack traded him to Cleveland. This is an exceptionally attractive and, for an E90-1 Jackson, a fairly high grade example of this extremely rare and important card. Bright and clean, both front and back, with a striking purple background, no caramel stains or creases (tiny corner crease in the extreme lower left is of no consequence), even wear to the corners, and centered slightly to the left (approximately 30/70 L/R). The reverse is also perfectly clean with bold black print, and is centered slightly to the right (approximately 70/30 L/R). As is so often the case with this card, the red representing Jackson's lips is placed slightly higher than intended. This is part of the charm of the E90-1 Joe Jackson. We cannot emphasis enough the tremendous eye-appeal this card displays! (And remember: very few E90-1 Jackson cards exist in high grade. VG+ condition for an E90-1 Jackson is statistically much more significant than VG+ condition for T205 or T206 tobacco cards. Of the fifty-one E90-1 Jacksons in the PSA Population report, forty are graded lower than this example; only ten are graded higher, including five VG-EX 4 examples. These numbers speak for themselves, and all the more so, in that this is such a strong card we believe it would compare very favorably to the five PSA VG-EX 4 examples. We think this card is accurately but very conservatively graded at VG+ 3.5 by PSA. If there were no half-grades, we'd vote to put this in a VG-EX 4 holder. This is a tremendous example of one of card collecting's most legendary rarities. The SMR value for a VG 3 is $18,500 and for a VG-EX 4 is $32,500 (the SMR does not list a value for a VG+ 3.5 grade). Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $23,500
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