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 (1887-1951) earned his nickname as a young mill worker-turned baseball player after he played a game in his stocking feet due to blisters he developed from his cleats. Shoeless Joe stuck for the remainder of his life. Joe began his career playing with one mill team after the next; whoever would pay him more for his services. In 1908, Joe signed with the Philadelphia Athletics and spent much of his time from 1908-1909 back-and-forth from the minor, despite batting .358 in 118 games in the South Atlantic League. Jackson was moved to the Cleveland Naps where in his first full season he batted .408, setting a new rookie record and finishing second to Ty Cobb’s .420 average. Though he was successful in Cleveland, batting .375 over 6 seasons (1910-1915), the cash strapped club shipped him to the Chicago White Sox. Jackson found a home in Chicago he where again batted well above the .300 mark, posting a .356 over six seasons (1915-1920) with the Southsiders. Shoeless Joe helped the Sox take the 1917 World Series and the 1919 title amid scandalous accusations. Uneducated and somewhat vulnerable, Jackson got caught up in the Black Sox Scandal, where member of the White Sox accepted bribes from gamblers to throw the World Series. In 1920, despite being acquitted in court, new commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis banned the eight players baseball. Shoeless Joe Jackson retired with a career .356 batting average, adding 1,772 hits, 873 runs, 785 RBI and 202 stolen bases. Joe Jackson remains on the Major League Baseball ineligible list and cannot be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame until he has been removed. Jackson’s case over removal from the ineligible list of currently “under review.”



Condition Census (Explain)

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)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

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