1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson Tops $667,000

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1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA 8 Front

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not a lot of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cards were released during his playing days. Of those that were, the 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson ranks among his best and most valuable. Need proof? A copy of the card sold for $667,149 on Sunday, August 21.

Graded PSA 8 NM-MT, it was the top-selling item in SCP’s Mid Summer Classic Auction 2016.

This is one of only two copies of the 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson cards to be graded PSA 8. None have been ranked higher.

1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA 8 Reverse

The card is regarded as Jackson’s first. As a result, many consider it to be the Joe Jackson rookie card.

Further adding to its appeal is that it comes from a tobacco-style set, a rarity for the legendary hitter. The E90-1 Joe Jackson didn’t actually come in a pack of cigarettes or tobacco tin, though. Rather, it came with candies.

It’s also one of the few “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cards to depict him as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. He played just ten games with the team over 1908 and 1909.

The SCP sale is, by far, the highest price paid for a copy of the card made available to the public. An SGC 5.5 copy of the 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson sold in November, 2008 for $86,975. A few months later, Mile High Auctions sold a copy with the same grade, possibly the same one, for $79,068.

Jackson is, by far, the most coveted card in the E90-1 American Caramel set. Other keys include Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker and Mike Mitchell, who is a short print.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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