A few months ago, while searching for poor old baseball cards on eBay, this card popped up. The title said: "1900's Shoeless Joe Jackson Strip Card, Rough Card." The starting bid was $1.
Upon further review, the description went on to mention this card was a reprint. Normally I would not look any further, but there was something different about this old card.
I gave the card and good look and wondered if the seller could have been mistaken. The color was right, it had badly rounded corners and several stains and creases.
Again, it was listed as a reprint but it didn't look like it was recently printed. Could it be a really old reprint?
So I took a stab and put in a $1 bid. A few hours later, I won.
I wasn't expecting this to be a $5,000 card but the curiosity of exactly what this card was, was killing me. It arrived a few days later. Needless to say, I wasn't about to retire.
It looks like someone used a photograph of a poor-conditioned card of Joe Jackson and attached it to a piece of cardboard. They even took the steps of rounding the corners and bending the card to produce its deep creases.