Lot # 9: c.1914 Shoeless Joe Jackson Original Type 1 Photo by George Grantham Bain (PSA/DNA)

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Item was in Auction "Fall, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 11/5/2023 12:00 AM to
11/25/2023 9:00 PM

Cleveland's slugging outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson entered training camp in 1914 fresh from arguably the three most significant campaigns of his career. Long before the two World Series appearances (1917, 1919) that perhaps defined him, Jackson's reputation as one of the greatest hitters of all-time began to manifest as he batted .408, .395, and .373 consecutively between 1911-13, leading the majors in hits hits during both 1912 and 1913. Displaying a date stamp of March 23, 1914 on verso, the presented 3.5" x 5" original photograph of "Shoeless Joe" appears to have been captured at the Naps spring facility in Athens, GA, shortly before the superstar's final season in Cleveland began. Consistent with originals from Bain's news photo service, the photo has been developed on contact print paper with fine details remaining clearly visible in the foreground throughout the 25-year-old Jackson's uniform and facial features. The print exhibits some waviness along the edges, which is typical of original photos of this era, with mild rounding of all four corners. George Grantham Bain's credit stamping is proudly displayed on reverse among several handwritten notations, one of which gently bleeds through below surface of emulsion by Jackson's left ear. Interestingly, this image is a companion to another image of Jackson shot at the same location and ultimately used as the source material for Joe's 1914 B18 blanket. Authenticated and encapsulated as a Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA.


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