Anyone who saw him play, would agree that "Shoeless Joe" Jackson was truly one-of-a-kind. And now, 90-years after he was forced out of the game, another one-of-a-kind Jackson has been discovered.
Being offered by Goldin Auctions is one of the rarest baseball cards in the world - the only confirmed M101-6 (Felix Mendehlson) card of "Shoeless Joe." One fortunate collector will add this card to his collection when it comes up for bid in the 2013 Goldin Auctions October Legends auction that will run Oct. 7-Nov. 8. For more information or to register for a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
The M101-6 cards, which were issued by Chicago-based sports photographer Felix Mendehlson and offered through The Sporting News from 1917-19, presented some of the era's most stunning photographic imagery to ever grace a baseball card. The Jackson card does not disappoint as it features a rare smiling image of the famed slugger in a swinging pose wielding his signature "Black Betsy" bat.
"I have sold thousands of unique and rare collectibles over the past three decades, including the T206 Jumbo Honus Wagner earlier this year for $2.1 million, but there is something especially exciting about the first sale of a lost treasure from an historic player like Jackson," said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. 'Everyone suspected that there was an M101-6 Jackson card, but nobody had ever seen one until now. We are honored to make this card available to collectors."
In addition to the M101-6 Jackson card, Goldin Auctions is also offering separate lots featuring the only known George Sisler M101-6 and one of just two known Rogers Hornsby M101-6 cards. All three cards, graded as an SGC 1.5, were recently uncovered in the Midwest.
From 1911-1920, Jackson was one of the best hitters in baseball. His .356 career average trails only Ty Cobb and Hornsby. His 13-year career ended abruptly when he was caught up in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. As a result, although not inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, among collectors Jackson is in a class with Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb and Wagner.
Sisler, who did not have the same infamy as Jackson, was every bit the ballplayer. He posted a .340 career average during his 15-year career which was spent primarily with the St. Louis Browns. From 1920-22 he won two batting titles by hitting 408 and .420 and set the single season hits record of 257 hits. His record stood for 84 years until it was broken by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
Hornsby is regarded by most as the greatest hitting second baseman in baseball history. During his 23-year career he batted over .400 three times, and from 1920-28 lead the N.L. in hitting seven times. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.