Graded EX 5 (MK) by PSA. The legend of Joe Jackson is monumental in our hobby. Though he was one of the greatest players to ever take the field, his banishment from the game has made him even larger than life. The offered card was produced exactly twenty years after Jackson and seven other "Black Sox" were banned from the game by Judge Landis for throwing the 1919 World Series. Interestingly, the back of this card makes no mention of this; rather, it states that "he was traded to the White Sox in 1915 and was with them until he stopped playing after the 1920 season." Unfortunately for collectors, there are few vintage cards of Joe Jackson. This 1940 Play Ball card offers one of the few, and is particularly fascinating as it was issued when the memory of the scandal was still very fresh in the minds of baseball fans. This is a very pleasing medium-grade example of one of Joe Jackson's most classic cards. Bright and clean, with perfect clarity, a virtually flawless reverse, centered very slightly to the left border, and no heavy toning as is sometimes the case with 1940 Play Balls. The number "14" is written lightly in pencil on the bottom half of the front of the card, which accounts for the qualifier. This is a pleasing and relatively affordable example of this classic card. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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