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