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1919 Joe Jackson Original News Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,851.25
"I copied my swing after Joe Jackson's," said Babe Ruth to Grantland Rice in 1919. "His is the perfectest." That "perfectest" swing is beautifully captured here in this original news photo of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson taking a cut at the ball during batting practice. Although the date stamp on the reverse reads "Oct 29 1919," it appears that this photo was actually taken one year earlier, in 1918, based upon the uniform style shown. The uniform is without pinstripes and displays a colored trim at the end of the sleeve. Between the years 1915 (Jackson's first year with Chicago) and 1919, the only season in which the Chicago White Sox wore uniforms without pinstripes was 1918. The date stamp is also interesting as this photo was most likely used to illustrate a newspaper article regarding the widening probe into the 1919 "Black Sox Scandal," in which eight members of the White Sox, Jackson included, were purported to have conspired with gamblers to "fix" the World Series (won by Cincinnati). The World Series ended on October 9th, but almost immediately afterwards rumors were swirling that certain players had "thrown" the Series. On October 15th White Sox owner Charles Comiskey made a public offer of a $20,000 reward for a "single clue" regarding a fix. Although no one claimed the reward, one year later newly appointed baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis permanently banned all eight conspirators for life for their role in the scandal, thereby officially ending Joe Jackson's Major League career. Original news photos of Joe Jackson have always been highly prized by collectors, but most just picture him in portrait. This example is distinguished by the fact that it pictures him in action doing what he did best: hit. As such, it represents an extraordinary Joe Jackson photo, the likes of which is seldom seen. This is the first example of this particular image we have ever seen and one that is certainly a classic Joe Jackson photo in all respects. This is one of a small selection of extraordinary Type I photos from the Acme Newspictures photo archive consigned to this auction. Valuing original photos (especially extreme rarities that are unique or nearly unique) is naturally subjective, but these never-before-offered photographs really are "the best of the best." All are offered with nominal reserves and the auction process (as always at REA) will determine the proper value level. A "Reference Dept. - N. E. A." credit stamp appears on the reverse, as do a few editorial notations, including the name "Joe Jackson." (N. E. A. stands for Newspaper Enterprise Association, which was one of the nation's first news syndicates.) The photo (7 x 9.25 inches) displays a heavy diagonal crease in the upper left corner, as well as a few lesser surface wrinkles throughout. In Very Good Condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $3,851.25
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