“Shoeless” Joe Jackson autographed baseball photos sold at record prices

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It stated that this 1911 photo is the only known photo signed by a player who cannot be officially read or written.
Christie said on Twitter The auction price on Thursday set the highest price for autographed sports photos, far exceeding the auction estimate of $200,000 to $400,000.
The auction is held by Hunt Auctions, which specializes in retro sports memorabilia.
In the description of the auction item, Christie’s stated that in March 1911, an 8” x 10” photo taken by Frank W. Smith demonstrated Jackson’s “outstanding performance” during spring training in Alexandria, Louisiana. “quality.

“Jackson’s diligent and original signature form was immediately recognized because he could not formally read or write. Because Jackson is relatively illiterate, there are few real examples of his autographs known to exist. So far, the images of Jackson’s signature provided are anything The only surviving example of the type.

“Based on the scarcity of signature images during this period, coupled with the small number of Jackson’s original signatures, we cannot exaggerate the rarity of this product,” it said.

“‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson’s autographed photos achieved extraordinary but well-deserved record prices. The combination of unique scarcity, high-quality grades, and impeccable primary sources have all aroused the interest of U.S. and overseas bidders. “Dave Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions, said in a press release.

World Series match-fixing scandal

Jackson was a member of the team that won the Chicago White Sox World Championship in 1917, but was banned from participating in the game after he participated in the restoration of the 1919 World Series.

Christie said that in his 13-year career, Jackson has accumulated more than 1,700 shots, with a field goal percentage of 0.517 and a lifetime average of 0.356, ranking third in MLB history.

The auction house quoted Babe Ruth as saying: “I imitated Jackson’s style because I think he is the greatest batsman I have ever seen, the greatest natural batsman I have ever seen. He made me Someone who becomes a batsman.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame states that Jackson first played for the Philadelphia team in 1908, then was traded to the Cleveland team in 1910, and to the White Sox in the mid-1915 season.

It said Jackson was “the giant of the game” and “perhaps the most notable” of the eight White Sox players accused of participating in the World Series.

“The legend says that when he left the court after testifying and confessing to some form of involvement in the restoration, a boy shouted,’Say it’s not like this, Joe! Say it’s not like this!'” said the Hall of Fame.

“Joe Jackson represents the humble American working class. While achieving great success in his career, he showed great pride. Although Jackson was not eligible for the Hall of Fame, the museum did show and preserve him. To commend him for some of his cultural relics for his outstanding performance,” it said.

The Hall of Fame said it included a pair of his 1919 shoes-even though his nickname was worn by a player.

The museum, established to commemorate Jackson in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, said that the player earned the nickname after taking off his shoes during a game in 1908. , And a fan of the opposing team chanted “You shirtless gunman.” The museum said this was the only time Jackson did not wear shoes.



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