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Circa 1911/1912 Joe Jackson Photo
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,900
Addendum: It has been brought to our attention that this photo does not appear to be period, but rather a duplicate print created post-1935 (likely late 1930s). This photo originally appeared in the March 1998 Mastro Auctions sale with the special provenance as originating from the personal collection of photo and Joe Jackson expert Dan Knoll advertised as a 1911 original photo.
Original photograph capturing "Shoeless Joe" Jackson as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The photo pictures Jackson in his home uniform as he poses on field, bat on his shoulder, in front of the grandstand. Based upon the uniform style pictured here, with the high collar, this photo most likely dates to either 1911 or 1912, making it an extremely early Jackson photo. 1911 marked Jackson's rookie season with Cleveland and his debut was one for the books. Jackson set a new rookie record for batting average by hitting .408, which, incredibly, was not the top mark in the league (Cobb won the batting crown with a .420 average). In his second season, Jackson fell victim to the famed "sophomore jinx," as his average dipped all the way down to .395 (once again, second only to Cobb's .410 mark). Clearly, no player ever began his career in finer fashion, and Jackson was universally regarded as one of the game's greatest hitters. Unfortunately, his alleged role in the notorious 1919 "Black Sox" scandal resulted in his banishment from baseball in 1921. Original Joe Jackson photos dating from his active playing career are rare, especially those picturing him during his early years. This is one of the finest examples we have handled, made all the more desirable for its full-body pose. The name "Joe Jackson" is written on the reverse in pencil, as is another brief notation. This photo originally appeared as Lot 1242 in REA's May 2013 auction, where it sold for $3,258; it has been consigned to this auction directly by that purchaser. The photo (5 x 7 inches) displays a tiny corner chip in the lower left and is otherwise in Excellent condition. SOLD FOR $3,900
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