1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

Sold For: $199,750

Auction Year: 2011 spring

Lot: 1

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG+ 3.5 by PSA. Highest-graded non-qualified example by PSA! Presented is an extremely attractive (and, for this card, extremely high grade) example of one of baseball-card collecting's most legendary icons: The 1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco card of Joe Jackson.

This extraordinary card is one of the great prizes that has been locked away for decades in the collection of one of the hobby's great pioneer collectors (who passed away in 2009). It has long been known to exist but has never before been seen publicly or at auction. It is being offered directly by his family. This card is one of vintage-card collecting's greatest highlights. It is also the highlight of an extraordinary complete T210 Old Mill set (Series 1 through 8) that was assembled over a period of many years, and is being offered by series in this auction (with the exception of Joe Jackson and Casey Stengel, which are offered separately).

The T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson 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 the only tobacco card of Joe Jackson, and one of the very few cards of Jackson ever issued. This rare Old Mill 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. Jackson played a total of 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 over. 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 ten Joe Jackson Old Mill cards are known to exist and it is without question one of his rarest and most sought after cards.

This is an incredible T210 Joe Jackson. In the small universe of T210 Joe Jackson cards, this may be the second finest of all examples known. As is almost always the case with these red-bordered cards, there is some wear to the red borders, mostly in the corners and along the top 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 in the lower right corner of the reverse visible under magnification, literally of no consequence). Extremely well centered, with a bright, clean, crisp image, and strong printing to the advertisement on the reverse. This 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 very minor soiling. This is an amazing example, easily one of the finest in existence of perhaps as few as ten known, 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+. SOLD FOR $199,750

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