Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Graded PSA 9 Mint with none graded higher, here is the single highest graded example of Reggie Jackson's rare 1969 Oakland A's Andersen rookie card. According to the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, this oft confused issue is sometimes identified as a product of Jack in the Box Restaurants, but there is no evidence to associate them with the fast food chain. Instead, the Standard Catalog notes, "they are a collectors' fantasy issue sold only within the hobby by Boston photographer Mike Andersen." But what exactly makes them such a fantasy?
The cards measure precisely 2-1/8" by 3-5/8" and are easily distinguished from the similar 1969 Oakland A's Broder cards, another black-and-white A's issue from 1969 that measures noticeably larger at 2-3/4" by 4". Both sets contain Reggie Jackson rookie cards as well as issues of A's coach Joe DiMaggio, and although they can rarely be found for sale, the Standard Catalog does not list them with prices that seemingly correspond to their scarcity. Maybe that's the fantasy, then, that these cards are extremely rare and yet reasonably priced?
There are two Andersen Reggie Jacksons currently listed on eBay, one copy in the PSA 7 NM grade listed for $375 and another in the PSA 8 NM-MT grade for $1,149. Both cards show almost no top border, and the few other copies we've ever seen have also been significantly off-centered to the top, which helps to explain the absence of any graded copies in the Mint to Gem Mint range, unti now. The card is a Pop 4 PSA 7 and a Pop 5 PSA 8, with the offered PSA 9 ranking as the highest copy on record from just 14 total submissions. Were it better centered just a hair to the left, we believe this copy would easily have graded as the first-ever PSA 10, and the winning bidder should please be aware that it still stands a strong chance at Gem Mint via the PSA review process because it has not once been reviewed. Whether or not it ever realizes certified supremacy in the PSA 10 grade, however, it is our position that these Andersen cards are significantly scarcer and far more condition sensitive than most collectors realize. The real fantasy, we can therefore conclude, is finding a copy centered well enough to be called Mint or possibly even Gem Mint.
Extremely Rare 1969 Oakland A's Andersen (Jack in The Box) Reggie Jackson RC Rookie Card PSA 9 Mint Pop 1 Highest Graded No 10s
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