Unusual photo of Joe Jackson at the plate in street clothes. Certified as an original Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. Two different "N. E. A. Reference Dept." credit stamps appear on the reverse, as do the date stamps "May 21 1914" and "Feb 10 1919." Jackson cuts quite a strange image here, especially with his hat on backwards, and it is unknown what circumstances occasioned him to take a few cuts in his street clothes. The background, which includes what appears to be two of his uniformed Cleveland teammates, suggests this to be a spring training scene, but it is impossible to say with certainty. If this photo were taken during spring training, perhaps Jackson was given the day off but just couldn't resist stopping by the field to take a few cuts. We will never know, but needless to say this is a unique image of the legendary "Shoeless Joe" at bat during the prime of his career. The photo (6.75 x 10.25 inches) displays a few light creases and a small chip in the upper-right corner. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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