1916 Gimbels
#87 Joe Jackson

Featuring the legendary Joe Jackson, this extremely rare "Gimbels" reverse advertisement variety issue is one of the most important, valuable, and highly sought-after cards within the 1916 M101-4 family of issues. Produced by Chicago printing firm Felix Mendelsohn, the cards in this 200-issue set are found with either blank-backs, "Sporting News" reverse advertisements, or with reverse advertisements for a variety of regional businesses around the country - such as the offered "Gimbels" department store. By far the rarest examples are those found with reverse advertisements for the regional businesses. With a virtually identical composition, design and images to the parallel M101-5 issue, this set was actually distributed after the M101-5 and was intended as an "update" to the earlier issue. Most of the players are numbered differently within each set (including Jackson), this being the only way to distinguish which issue they belong to.

An immensely gifted hitter, Jackson had a 13-year career (1908-1920) that was cut short because of his alleged involvement in the 1919 World Series game-fixing scandal. In 1911, Jackson set the record for the highest batting average in a full rookie season (.408). He hit over .300 in every subsequent year of his career. He currently holds third place for lifetime batting average, with a mark of .356. And he was an integral member of the 1917 World Series championship Chicago White Sox team.

The offered issue is extremely rare. In fact, this is the only example with a "Gimbels" reverse advertisement certified by either SGC or PSA - in any grade! This isn’t surprising, as there are no SGC or PSA certified "Gimbels" examples for the vast majority of the 200 subjects within the M101-4 set. Graded EX/NM 80, the offered card is very attractive. It is highlighted by outstanding centering, superb surface quality, an unblemished image of Jackson, and a boldly printed reverse.

Sold in 2015