1947-1950 Joe Jackson Correspondence Archive (84 letters)

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1121

Item Year: 1947

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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While Joe Jackson's banishment from baseball in 1920 marked the end of one of the game's most accomplished careers, it had no affect upon his popularity with fans, as evidenced by this remarkable collection of eighty-four letters written to Jackson shortly before his passing in 1951. All of the letters, dating between the years 1947 and 1950 (the overwhelming majority are from 1948 and 1949), are addressed to Joe Jackson and come complete with their original mailing envelopes. Most of the letters are from autograph seekers, but a small number were written just to offer support to baseball's most famous "fallen idol." In the fall of 1949 Jackson granted his one and only interview regarding the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal to sportswriter Furman Bisher. That interview, in which Jackson proclaimed his innocence in the conspiracy, then appeared as an article in the October 1949 issue of Sport magazine under the title "This is the Truth." Based upon the content of these letters, a number were written to Jackson in direct response to that famous article, with all of them in full support of Jackson. One of the most interesting aspects of these letters is that some do not even include his street address, but are simply addressed "Joe Jackson/Former Baseball Star/Greenville, SC." The writers range from small boys to adult autograph collectors, one of whom was a District Court Judge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There is also a touching letter from a young Boy Scout, written on official Boy Scout stationery. Of course, as we know today, nearly all of the Joe Jackson autographs returned to his fans during this period were signed by his wife, but given the amount of mail he received (of which this was probably just a fraction) how could anyone blame him. All of the letters (various sizes) are in Excellent to Mint condition overall. The mailing envelopes display normal opening tears and are in Very Good condition overall. This is a rare and fascinating correspondence archive originating from Jackson's estate. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $823

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