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    The sole SGC-rated example!

    1907 Victor Mills Baseball Team with "Shoeless Joe" Jackson Real Photo Postcard, SGC 30 Good 2. It took the greatest scandal in the history of our National Pastime to redefine Joe Jackson. He had been, for the last full decade of the Dead Ball Era, simply the greatest hitter on the planet, a distinction assigned to him by those best able to do so, the men who aspired to the title themselves. But where legends like Cobb and Williams turned a scientific eye to the process, deconstructing that fragment of a second that separates success from failure into parts far too small for the mere mortal to see, Jackson's approach was far less cerebral. An illiterate child laborer from the rural South, he was the prototypical "natural," the beneficiary of a gift from God that would be invoiced with a debt of ignominy yet to be forgiven.

    The approaching centennial of the Black Sox scandal has done little to quiet the debate over culpability, and compelling evidence of Jackson's innocence survives in his World Series stat line. Clearly the passage of ninety-five years has eliminated any hope for a definitive answer, a fact which then begs what is arguably the more pertinent question--is the game improved by this unyielding fidelity to Judge Landis' grudge?

    Of course there are those who would argue that Jackson's athletic immortality is bolstered by his banishment, and clearly his position atop the the baseball collectibles market owes a debt, in practical terms at a minimum. A player of his stature would have been assured both Hall of Fame induction and the kind of ambassadorial role that would result in Old Timer Game appearances, coaching appointments and product endorsements of the sort that populates the hobby with autographs and relics from Ruth, Cobb and Wagner. For Shoeless Joe, the pickings are painfully thin.

    Presented is one of the earliest known baseball images of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, pictured as a member of the Victor Mills industrial league team of Greer, South Carolina. Former Big Leaguer Tom Stouch was at second base when Jackson came to bat. "This tall skinny-looking kid stepped up to the plate," he recalled. "He didn't appear to have much in him, but he drove the ball on a line to a spot where I was standing, like a bullet out of a gun. When he hit, he left a trail of blue flame behind them as they shot through the air, like a shell out of a Krupp mortar." A year later, Jackson's growing fame would draw the attention of the Major Leagues, and he'd debut with the 1908 Philadelphia Athletics.

    He stands second from left in this marvelous sepia image, just eighteen years old and with a future of extraordinary achievement and scandal ahead. While condition concerns must be forgiven and forgotten in light of the tremendous scarcity, our catalog imagery should convey that the graphics remain bold, suggesting the postcard was stored for decades away from light and moisture. Typical edge and corner wear is reported in the interest of full disclosure, and an upper right corner crease is only apparent upon close inspection. Reverse is toned but unmarked and unmailed. Dimensions approximately 3.5x5.5".


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