1917 Collins-McCarthy
#82 Joe Jackson
PSA EX-MT+ 6.5

This very scarce 1917 Collins-McCarthy issue features the legendary Joe Jackson. Designated as E135, this set was issued by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of California and featured a total of 200 cards - numbered in alphabetical order. The cards came with the following reverse formats: advertising for Collins-McCarthy, advertising for a number of other regional businesses, and blank-backed (the offered example).

An immensely gifted hitter, Jackson had a 13-year career (1908-1920) that was cut short because of his 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. With a mark of .356, Jackson currently holds third place for lifetime batting average (behind Hornsby and Cobb). He was an integral member of the 1917 World Series championship Chicago White Sox team.

Tracing its roots to the collection of Midwesterner Eugene McCoid, the offered example is of world class quality. Graded EX-MT+ 6.5 by PSA, this card presents as an extraordinarily sharp copy. Three corners are virtually untouched, while the upper left has a slight amount of frictional wear. The printing and surface quality are both outstanding. Jackson's image is bold and clearly focused. And the entire obverse is covered by a brilliant glossy finish. This is one of just two "Blank Back" examples (the other did not receive a numerical grade) certified by PSA.

Sold in 2014