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1919 Joe Jackson Original News Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920
Original International Film Service photo capturing Joe Jackson as a member of the Chicago White Sox, circa 1919. Encapsulated and certified as a "Type 1 Original News Service Photograph" by PSA/DNA. The photo pictures Jackson in his home uniform as he stands next to the batting cage. Although the photo is undated, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame uniform database the only season in which the White Sox home jersey featured a striped sun collar (as pictured here) between the years 1915 and 1920 (the time Jackson was with Chicago) was in 1919. It was during the 1919 season that the seeds of Jackson's professional demise were sown when he conspired with seven of his White Sox teammates to "throw" the World Series against the Reds. Although all eight players were acquitted of any criminal charges in court, they were banned from baseball for life by newly elected baseball commissioner Kenesaw Landis prior to the 1921 season. Original news photos of Jackson are scarce, especially those dating from the infamous season of 1919, making this both an exceptional and historically significant image. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays moderate border wear, light editorial marks, and has been mounted onto a cardboard backing (7.25 x 9.25). A few vintage pencil notations (including Jackson's name) appear on the reverse. Without reference to the mounting, the photo is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. SOLD FOR $1,920
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