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    The only known A's team photo with Shoeless Joe!

    1909 Philadelphia Athletics Team Photograph with Rookie-Era "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, PSA/DNA Type 1. He's properly heralded as one of the greatest minds in the history of our national pastime, but the presented rarity reminds us that not even the greats are flawless in every judgment. On the two-year anniversary of Connie Mack's purchase of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson's contract from the Greenville Spinners of the Carolina Association, the Hall of Fame manager unceremoniously released the struggling outfielder to the Naps along with two other players to acquire Bris Lord, who'd hit .281 over the next two and a half seasons in Philly. Jackson, meanwhile, would average .401 over the same period in his new Cleveland home, exhibiting the brilliance that would be his trademark until his stunning fall from grace.

    Any period photography of this complicated early legend is highly prized by collectors, and this is the sole known team image of Jackson wearing the uniform of his first Major League club. This is no surprise, as Jackson struggled mightily in his early Big League years, batting .150 in forty-one plate appearances for the Athletics. He stands in the third row, fourth from left behind a seated Eddie Plank. Other legends pictured include Frank "Home Run" Baker (second row, second from right) and Chief Bender (third row, second from right), as well as Mack himself (in bowler hat).

    The photo--the only Type 1 photo known picturing Jackson as a member of the Athletics--survives in spectacular, unimprovable condition, free of any hint of creasing, tearing or staining. It is printed to dimensions of 4.75x6.75", blank-backed but for a small handwritten five-digit reference code at lower right corner. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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