Friday, October 7, 2011

Top 100 Cards of My Collection #8 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Debut Game Bat Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson, infamously known as being part of the Black Sox scandal of 1919, was also a top notch baseball in his era. Though he will always be remembered as being part of the White Sox team that was paid to fix the World Series, he was a trememdous player and still has the 3rd highest batting average in Major League history at .356. This is a pretty historic card as it's Shoeless Joe's first (and for a while only) game used memorabilia card. This card features a piece of a game used Shoeless Joe bat. I often wondered how they could include Shoeless Joe Jackson, since like Pete Rose, he's been banned from Major League Baseball and this was a MLB licensed set. Years later, Donruss/Panini would include Shoeless Joe bat cards in their products, but in my opinion nothing beats the original. Such a nice simple design, and definitely a card that just can't be replicated.