1949 Joe Jackson Handwritten Postcard (Written by His Wife)

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1580

Item Year: 1953

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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While it is a known fact that Joe Jackson's wife and/or sister normally responded to all of the autograph requests he received during his post-banishment years, rarely did they take the time to write anything other than a very brief salutation and his name. The offered piece is a fascinating exception and given its specific baseball content, it is virtually certain that Joe dictated it. Here, on this lined index card, "Shoeless Joe" discusses his own legacy as a hitter and names the best pitcher he ever faced. The handwritten letter, dated “Greenville, S.C./12-5-49,” is scripted in blue ink on a lined index card and reads “Dear Paul. Thank you for your nice note. I don’t think I deserve to be called the greatest hitter. But I did my best. The greatest pitcher I faced was Walter Johnson. Yours very truly Joe Jackson.” Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade “9/10.” Of the few Joe Jackson post-retirement letters that have surfaced today, most of which are on lined index cards or similar size blank sheets, all are generally brief and courteous, simply conveying the standard "best wishes" and Jackson's name (they were normally sent in response to autograph requests). This is one of the few we have seen featuring significant baseball content. The index card (5 x 3 inches) displays two pieces of tape on the reverse from its having once been mounted in an album; otherwise it remains in Excellent to Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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