1920s Joe Jackson Post-Banishment Game-Action Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1894

Item Year: 1922

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare photo of Joe Jackson at the plate during a barnstorming game following his banishment from baseball in 1921. Certified as an original Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. Jackson is pictured at the plate, awaiting the pitch, with his glove tucked into his back pocket. The only clue as to what team Jackson is playing for is the "P" that can be seen on his dark-colored cap. The reverse features a "Jul 3 1922," date stamp, as well as a newspaper stamp that reads "Return To Record Room Art Dept N. Y. World." (A second newspaper stamping has faded beyond legibility.) Handwritten editorial notations on the reverse include, "Joe Jackson, Joseph Jefferson," "Sports," and "Staff Shots." It is most interesting that the name "Joseph Jefferson" is written next to Jackson's name, as it was probably the alias used by Jackson while playing in the game pictured. After Jackson's banishment, he often had to use different names when playing either for or against other clubs connected to organized baseball. That was in order to protect the respective clubs against any sanctions that would come their way if Commissioner Landis or other league officials found out that Jackson was participating in the game. We have never seen this image before and it is the only photo we are aware of that captures Jackson at bat in a game following his banishment from organized baseball. It should further be noted that it is one of only a few photos we have ever seen of Jackson in uniform during that time as well. The photo (6.75 x 7 inches) has been trimmed to its current dimensions and displays small chips in the upper and lower left corners. Paper residue covers much of the reverse (the stampings and writing are on the residue), and three pieces of mounting tape remain affixed to reverse along the top border. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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