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    The two innocent Black Sox?

    1920 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson & Buck Weaver Signed Baseball.
    The moral complexity of the sport's greatest scandal has been the fuel that propels the rare surviving collectibles from the 1919 Black Sox to the pinnacle of collecting intrigue, the event serving as the ragged edge between the rough-and-tumble Dead Ball Era and the Golden Age of Babe Ruth. What had served as the sport's greatest shame is now its greatest point of intrigue, with the scant few relics surviving from that most consequential of baseball seasons fiercely coveted by modern collectors.

    Presented is one of the most compelling ever to emerge from that thinnest of supplies, a baseball autographed by the two banished Black Sox with the most compelling claims to innocence. Jackson and Weaver ranked first and second in batting and slugging percentage for the eight-game World Series, the pair authoring nine of the fourteen extra-base hits recorded by the vanquished American League Champions. Weaver was singled out for his play by none other than the Cincinnati press, which wrote, in part, "Though they are hopeless and heartless, the White Sox have a hero. He is George Weaver, who plays and fights at third base...One by one his mates gave up...The Reds have beaten the spirit out of the Sox all but Weaver."

    His is the bolder of the two signatures (5/10), perhaps not surprising when considering the fact that Jackson was a highly reluctant signer, haunted by the shame of his own illiteracy. Nonetheless, Jackson (2/10) makes a rare exception to his policy of signing only legal documents, his faded but still readily identifiable autograph applied just above the stamped Ban Johnson facsimile signature on the provided OAL sphere.

    An included 2007 letter of provenance is written and signed by the grandson of a Cleveland police officer who often provided security at the Indians' home ballpark, Dunn Field. It recounts the relationships his grandfather built with Indians players, particularly Tris Speaker, who he believes was the man able to coax Jackson to sign. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, VG-EX 4 (Weaver 5, Jackson 2, Ball 5). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Letter of provenance from grandson of original owner.


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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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