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    1919 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson Original News Photograph by Paul Thompson, PSA/DNA Type 1. 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 most qualified 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.

    Legendary baseball photographer Paul Thompson found Jackson taking practice cuts during that most consequential season, a confluence of legendary artist and subject that establishes this among the most significant photography offerings within this Signature auction. The image presents nearly flawlessly, with a vertical fold line an inch from the left edge expertly flattened and reinforced, leaving little visual trace. Perhaps no player in baseball history is more indelibly stamped with a single vintage, so this 1919 Joe Jackson photograph carries enormous collecting appeal. Thompson stamp, editorial pencil on verso. Dimensions 6.5x8.5". LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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