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1914 Joe Jackson Photo by George Grantham Bain
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,763
Original press photo of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as an original "Type 1" photograph. Jackson is pictured posing in his road uniform as a member of the Cleveland Indians. As is common for Bain photos, Jackson's name was etched onto the negative and, consequently, appears in white at the top of the image. This is naturally an extremely desirable trait for an early photo. Reverse markings are comprised of a Bain News Service stamp and a date stamp reading "Mar 23 1914." Jackson's name is also written twice by hand on the reverse, as is the editorial notation "See Neg. File." If this photo were indeed taken on March 23, 1914, it captures Jackson at the club's spring-training site in Athens, Georgia. Jackson enjoyed another fine season in 1914, finishing the year with 3 home runs, 53 RBI, and a .338 batting average. Unfortunately, the cash-strapped Indians were forced to trade Jackson to the White Sox the following season, where, just four years later, his fate took a most unfortunate turn. This is an exceptional early original Joe Jackson image that, due to its size (3.5 x 5 inches) and the fact that Jackson's name is actually part of the design of the photo, is ideal for display and also has a strong "card-like appearance". The photo displays only light handling wear and is in outstanding Excellent condition overall. One of the best Joe Jackson original photos we have ever offered. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,763
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