A century ago a South Carolina native named Joe Jackson batted .341 and paced the Junior Circuit with 293 total bases. The Pale Hose outfielder notched his third 200-hit season and was well on his way to writing his own offensive record book. Just five years later it was all gone. A star-crossed legacy embroiled in scandal. However, despite the controversy, legions of “Black Sox” faithful have kept his memory alive which has translated to a significant hobby following.
Graded 60 EX 5 by SGC. The offered 1916 M101-5 Blank Back #86 Joe Jackson is an incredible cardboard keepsake related to the beloved slugger. The full body black-and-white batting pose showcases Jackson in perfect batting form, complete with “Black Betsy”, as he readies to dispense an ill-fated pitch. The glossy cardboard image is framed by near perfect centering, four evenly rounded corners and only slightly handled off-white edges. Additionally, the blank reverse is absent of any imperfection. Of the nine copies evaluated by SGC, this antique shares the spotlight with three others at the grading level with only one better.