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    "I ain't afraid to tell the world that it don't take school stuff to help a fella play ball."

    Circa 1950 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson Signed Cut Signature, PSA/DNA NM 7.
    He was six years old when his family moved to Brandon Mill on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina, a company town centered around a textile factory where he worked twelve-hour shifts as a "linthead," sweeping the floors as the machinery whirred and clanged around him. It was a life punctuated by hard work and very limited funds, with education one of the many luxuries the Jackson family was unable to afford. Though the mill's baseball team would ultimately prove to be the key that would unlock the door to a better life for "Shoeless Joe," his lack of education is often cited as a root cause of his banishment from the game he loved as he fell victim to corrupt forces demanding his participation in the destructive 1919 "Black Sox" scandal.

    Even the most casual collector of sports memorabilia is aware that Jackson's autograph stands as one of the hobby's "Holy Grails," the vast gulf between supply and demand fueled by the legendary slugger's illiteracy and his supreme baseball relevance respectively. Typically Jackson would avoid signing autographs whenever possible, allowing his wife to tend to those duties when possible, and only assuming them himself when legal matters demanded.

    Here Jackson attempted to buck that trend, practicing his signature on the back of a mailing envelope in hopes of personally answering a young fan's autograph request received in the post. A recent owner of the envelope from which this cut signature was clipped was able to find that early 1950's collector decades later, learning that he had ultimately received a secretarial example from Jackson's wife, as was the standard satisfaction of those through-the-mail requests.

    This exceedingly rare genuine specimen is applied in bold blue fountain pen ink, losing none of the strength of its original, careful application. The irregularly shaped clipping measures 2x3.25" at its largest dimensions and is housed in a PSA/DNA NM 7 slab for protection and unquestioned authenticity. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, NM 7.







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