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Joe Jackson

1909-11 American Caramel E90-1

Considered by many hobbyists to be Joe Jackson's official rookie, this card resided in one of the most popular pre-war candy sets of all time. While this set is filled with the great players of the era like Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, and some great rarities like the Mike Mitchell short print, this first issue of is far and away the most desirable card in the set. Packaged with hard caramel candy treats, these cards vary slightly in size but normally fall into the 1½" by 2¾" size range. Even though the backs of the cards claim to be one of 100 subjects, there are well over 100 known cards in the set. On August 25, 1908, Joe Jackson made his debut for the Philadelphia Athletics and he got off to a relatively slow start. A few years later, Jackson was considered one of the great hitters in the game. Jackson received his nickname (Shoeless) long before he made his professional debut. While working for a textile mill as a teenager, Jackson played for the mill's baseball team. Jackson removed his cleats after suffering a painful blister during a game. He proceeded to the plate without his shoes. While on base, hecklers started mocking him for not wearing them. The nickname stuck and the rest is history. This card, simple in design with Jackson leaning on his trusty bat against a purple backdrop, is one of only a handful of Jackson cards available. It is clearly his most valuable.

Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson

Born: July 16, 1887 - Pickens County, SC
Died: December 5, 1951 - Greenville, SC
Batted: LH
Threw: RH
Position: OF
Career BA: .356

Teams:
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1908–1909)
Cleveland Naps/Indians AL (1910–1915)
Chicago White Sox AL (1915–1920)

Putting the whole Black Sox scandal off to the side, and looking at pure skills, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson makes our team. Still considered one of the greatest natural hitting talents of the game, Jackson ranks third all time with his .356 career batting average. Defensively, he was superb with good speed.

Jackson came up to the majors as a 19-year-old kid with six years of experience playing organized ball. The oldest of eight children, he started working in textile mills at the young age of seven, and never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. He started playing on the Brandon Mill team at age 13, and quickly moved on to star in Carolina Association semi-pro clubs. There he earned the nickname “Shoeless Joe” when he played a game barefoot because his new baseball shoes weren’t comfortable yet. When Connie Mack brought him up to the majors, Jackson had a difficult time adjusting to big city life. He was homesick and was teased by his teammates for his illiteracy and country ways. After bouncing between Philly and the Carolina league for a few years, Jackson was sold to Cleveland where he blossomed. The smaller city and teammates from the Southern Leagues made him feel at home.

In 1911, his first full year in the majors, Jackson hit an astounding .408 which still stands as a Major League rookie record. Following his .408 season, “Shoeless Joe” batted .395 and .373, banging out 656 hits over those three years. Jackson became such a superstar that when he was sold to Chicago, it was the highest paid deal up to that point in baseball. The 1919 Black Sox scandal put a sad end to Jackson’s career when Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned him for life, along with seven of his teammates. Jackson went on to play and manage several semi-pro teams, and became a businessman in his hometown of Greenville. We are not here to judge the guilt or innocence of Shoeless Joe Jackson. We simply want to give him his just due as a great ballplayer. “Say it ain’t so” Joe Jackson makes the cut and is welcome on our Cracker Jack All-Star Team. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 EX+ 5.5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX 4 (5)

Prices By Grade

1909 E90-1 AMERICAN CARAMEL JOE JACKSON

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9
NM - MT 8 $667,189.00 $600,000.00 2
NM 7 $175,000.00 2
EX - MT 6 $98,500.00 2
EX 5 $143,400.00 $77,500.00 3 3
VG - EX 4 $34,185.00 $55,000.00 5 6
VG 3 $38,400.00 $39,000.00 11 12
GOOD 2 $31,200.00 $27,500.00 12 27
FR 1.5 $31,200.00 $31,200.00 6 40
PR 1 $11,400.00 $12,500.00 28 46
Auth $11,100.00 $11,100.00 20 75

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
07/26/2021 $20,000 2 (MK) 109 Robert Edward Auctions 2021 Summer Auction 42070794
07/26/2021 $11,100 Auth 108 Robert Edward Auctions 2021 Summer Auction 18298856
04/20/2021 $31,200 1.5 140 Robert Edward Auctions 2021 Spring Auction 47761151
08/17/2020 $11,400 1 118 Robert Edward Auctions 2020 Summer Auction 07011459
08/06/2020 $7,530 Auth 1 Collect Auctions July 18, 2019: Sports & Americana Auction Auction 18298856
06/01/2020 $25,063 2 (MK) 15 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring Rarities Auction 2020 Auction 42070794
05/11/2020 $31,200 2 55109 Heritage Auctions 2020 May 7 - 9 Spring Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction 45790670
12/09/2019 $24,427 1.5 675 Lelands 2019 Fall Classic Auction 43302942
11/12/2019 $667,189 8 504 SCP Auctions Mid Summer Classic Auction 2016 Auction 02061497
11/10/2019 $8,419 Auth 352839550402 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 45062435
06/10/2019 $22,200 1.5 352680533173 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 50085540
01/18/2019 $9,750 Auth 192789190929 eBay lthotshoe Buy It Now 23579836
01/13/2019 $22,112 3 (MK) 143078758589 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 21161471
01/03/2019 $8,278 Auth 192764050538 eBay eman_28551 Auction 23579836
12/15/2018 $5,316 Auth 28 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Rarities Auction Auction 41287561
12/07/2018 $17,041 2 (MK) 7 Mile High Card Company December 2018 Auction Auction 42070794
08/19/2018 $38,400 3 80004 Heritage Auctions 2018 August 18-19 Summer Platinum Night Sports Col Auction 19772801
07/20/2018 $31,200 Auth 50094 Heritage Auctions 2018 July 19-20 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction Auction 40832030
04/27/2018 $12,000 Auth 273162388112 eBay ppgustafson Best Offer 23579836
03/11/2018 $13,101 1 142707611101 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 28639867
01/15/2018 $11,000 Auth 253083538454 eBay mjhenr02 Buy It Now 15342371
12/10/2017 $9,900 1 352223580961 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 12209512
11/18/2017 $10,800 1 80086 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 27624674
11/11/2017 $17,000 Auth 112617595671 eBay rookieofthehill Best Offer 21447643
10/08/2017 $15,307 3 (MK) 401413393805 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 21161471
09/21/2017 $12,865 1 6 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXII Auction 31044403
08/09/2017 $9,600 1 142460994882 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 25636391
07/30/2017 $5,900 Auth 382171589537 eBay probstein123 Auction 15342371
05/13/2017 $57,600 3 80041 Heritage Auctions 2017 May 11 - 13 Sports Collectibles Catalog Aucti Auction 27003309
04/09/2017 $8,800 1 401300028882 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 26675881
03/12/2017 $30,100 2.5 351995735133 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 26675882
08/28/2016 $143,400 5 80057 Heritage Auctions 2016 August 27-28 Sports Collectibles Platinum A.. Auction 02096779
08/28/2016 $25,095 2 80147 Heritage Auctions 2016 August 27-28 Sports Collectibles Platinum A.. Auction 25563543
04/15/2015 $6,000 1 129 Robert Edward Auctions 2015 Spring Auction 15866674
05/17/2014 $21,510 1.5 80076 Heritage Auctions 2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc.. Auction 22211841
04/14/2014 $21,330 Auth 256 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Spring Auction 21629404
05/04/2013 $10,240 3 (MK) 80076 Heritage Auctions 2013 May 2 - 4 Vintage Sports Collectible Signat.. Auction 21161471
04/06/2013 $34,185 4 4 Goldin Auctions April 5th Auction Auction 15629374
02/24/2013 $19,120 3 80052 Heritage Auctions 2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auct.. Auction 19772801
01/01/2013 $6,518 1 138 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 15866674
01/01/2012 $32,588 4 137 Robert Edward Auctions 2012 Auction Auction 15629374
11/05/2010 $4,183 1 80039 Heritage Auctions 2010 November Dallas Signature Sports Collectibl.. Auction 50017031
04/18/2010 $15,611 3 11 Memory Lane, Inc. Springtime Classic Auction Auction 02093960
01/01/2010 $44,063 5 147 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction Auction 04165055
03/26/2009 $13,513 2 227 Mile High Card Company March 2009 Auction Auction 15047829
03/09/2009 $34,800 4 3 Greg Bussineau Auctions 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities Auction Auction 15629374
01/01/2009 $23,500 3.5 143 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction Auction 15138018
11/08/2008 $20,089 3 4 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XIX Auction 16996203
10/18/2008 $26,290 3.5 19020 Heritage Auctions 2008 October Signature Sports Collectibles Aucti.. Auction 15138018
10/01/2008 $5,894 1 145 Mile High Card Company August 2008 Auction Auction 50017031
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