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1916 H801-8 Boston Store #82 Joe Jackson PSA NM 7

Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $13,920.00

Graded NM 7 by PSA. Stunning example of one of the most important and elusive of all Joe Jackson cards. This is the highest-graded example to date by PSA with none graded higher. This is very likely the finest example of this extraordinary rarity in the hobby. This is a miracle card! The 1916 Boston Store cards are extremely difficult to find in high grade. Like their E135 Collins-McCarthy counterparts, Boston Store cards of Jackson are rarely offered in any condition. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 Sporting News card set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface which is very prone to creasing. Boston Store cards are usually encountered one card at a time and in low grade. To find even a common card in Nr/Mt condition is a challenge, let alone key card "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. This particular card originates from an incredible find many years ago of a phenomenal high grade complete set. Why or how the set was assembled and survived will never be known. But we do know that to the best of our knowledge there has never been another original set in this condition to surface in the history of the hobby. This is the Jackson card from this "miracle set." The card features a very unusual batting pose of Jackson. It is interesting to note that this pose appears only in the Boston Store set (and related issues). Joe Jackson cards are few and far between in the card-collecting world. There are literally only a handful of different issues, including crudely produced strip-card issues. There are even fewer that picture him on the Chicago White Sox. Because Jackson is pictured in a Chicago uniform, with a great image, and with Black Betsy perched on his shoulder, no less, and the fact that this card is infinitely rarer and far more substantial than the smaller Sporting News issue, this is arguably the ultimate Joe Jackson baseball card. Bright, crisp, and perfectly clean front and back, with sharp corners, perfect contrast, and flawless glossy surface. The slight to-the-left centering is the only factor keeping this card from being a high-end NM-MT 8. This is an extraordinary world-class card worthy of the finest collection. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $13,920.00


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