MastroNet December 2005
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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA with none graded higher. The legend of Joe Jackson is alive and vigorous in the memorabilia hobby, and the case for his enshrinement at Cooperstown continues to be pressed by a legion of advocates. "Shoeless Joe" was an exceptional player, but his banishment from the game made him even larger than life. The offered card, from its issue's scarce high-number series, was produced exactly 20 years after Commissioner Landis found Jackson and the other Black Sox guilty of throwing the 1919 World Series. (Interestingly, the back of the Play Ball card makes no mention of this, instead stating, "He was traded to the White Sox in 1915, and was with them until he stopped playing after the 1920 season.") Unfortunately for modern collectors, few vintage cards of Joe Jackson were produced and virtually all are prohibitively expensive in Near Mint or higher condition. This 1940 Play Ball card offers the discriminating collector a high-grade Jackson card that constitutes a relative bargain in comparison to some of his earlier collectibles. The item exhibits four sharp, barely touched corners and is remarkably clean with only modest toning. Centering and print quality are also commendable. Captivating Near Mint to Mint condition.
1940 Play Ball #225 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
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