1916 M101-4
Blank Back
#87 Joe Jackson

This issue featuring baseball legend Joe Jackson is one of the most valuable of the 200 numbered cards within the M101-4 set. Published in 1916 by Felix Mendelsohn of Chicago, this set was distributed directly by Mendelsohn, as well as by at least 16 different sponsors identified by their card-back advertisements. The M101-4 set was issued as an update to the closely related M101-5 set. The offered card features a blank back, and therefore was most likely distributed directly by the publisher.

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, with a mark of .408. He hit over .300 in every subsequent year of his career. He currently holds third-place all-time with a career batting average of .356. And he was an integral member of the 1917 World Series championship Chicago White Sox team.

This is a premium quality example with spectacular eye-appeal. It is remarkably well-centered for the issue. The edges are smooth and mark-free, the corner quality is outstanding for the grade, and the card-front retains its full original brilliant finish. The classic image of Jackson is bold and sharply registered, while the bottom lettering is crystal-clear and sharply defined. Finally, the back is extremely clean with a fresh almond-white coloration.

Price: $14,950.00
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