1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson
Reserve - $25,000. Estimate - $50,000++
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. The 1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco card of Joe Jackson is one of card collecting's "dream cards." This is one of those cards that anyone who really looks at the history of cards, and understands what has been issued for all players, will appreciate as one of the most fascinating and noteworthy baseball cards ever issued. It is also the only tobacco card of Joe Jackson, and one of the very few cards of Jackson ever issued. This card features Jackson as a minor leaguer with New Orleans in 1910. This is not, in fact, Jackson's rookie card, as he appears in the 1909 E90-1 American Caramel series with the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack discovered Jackson and gave him his first chance in the Majors. Jackson played ten games with the A's in 1908 and 1909. He spent the majority of 1909 in the minors and started the 1910 season in New Orleans. Mack traded him to Cleveland in the middle of the 1910 season with the provision that he would not report until his New Orleans season was finished. This rare Old Mill card features Jackson in 1910 with New Orleans. The T210 set is comprised of eight different series, each representing a different minor league. With 640 players, it is the largest tobacco set of the twentieth century and is immediately identifiable due to its distinctive red borders. Jackson is part of "Series 8," which features Southern Leaguers, and which happens to be the rarest series of the T210 Old Mill set. Understandably, Joe Jackson is by far the key card in the set. Fewer than fifteen Joe Jackson Old Mill cards are currently known to exist, and it is without question one of his rarest, most famous, and most sought after of all baseball cards.
This is an extremely attractive T210 Joe Jackson. The front of this card grades VG+, with superb eye-appeal. As is often the case with these red-bordered cards, there is some wear to the red borders, mostly in the corners and along the left edge. The wear to the edges is very minor, and is far less than normally found with T210s. The card has no creases (only a tiny, insignificant wrinkle to the left of Jackson's hip, literally of no consequence). Extremely well centered, the card features a tremendous photographic image of a young Joe Jackson, looking forward to an exciting Major League career. The contrast and sharp detail in the photo are extraordinary. Every button, every line on his cap, even the detail of the patch on his sleeve is crisp and flawlessly clear. The reverse has two small areas of surface paper missing, one that affects the “B J and E” in the wording "SUBJECTS" and another that minimally affects the bottom border. Otherwise, the reverse is bright and very clean. This is an extremely attractive example, literally one of the very finest in existence, of one of card collecting's rarest and most desirable cards, featuring the legendary Joe Jackson as a minor leaguer early in his baseball career. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000++
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