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Circa 1911/1912 Joe Jackson Photo
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,258.75
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. The photo (5 x 7 inches) displays a tiny corner chip in the lower left and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,258.75
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